HiTOPS was established in 1987 as a youth-focused healthcare and education center to address concerns for the HIV epidemic and requests for reproductive healthcare. Over HiTOPS 25 year history, programs and services have expanded to address the changing health needs of young people, ages 11 to 26, and to serve the increasing number of requests for services throughout the state.
HiTOPS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the intended impact of healthy, empowered youth who make health-enhancing choices and avoid long-term negative health outcomes.
To accomplish this, HiTOPS implements a 3-pronged model of health education (prevention and risk reduction), healthcare (engaged intervention), and support designed to reduce risk behaviors and promote positive youth development.
Programs and clinical services are implemented by HiTOPS’ staff of credentialed health educators and clinicians. Annually staff select and train 20 high school seniors to implement peer to peer education —which is at the core of positive youth development.
HiTOPS targets adolescents (ages 11-26) for age-appropriate health education in schools, juvenile justice centers, community organizations, and social service agencies across New Jersey, and within the only licensed ambulatory care facility exclusively for adolescents in New Jersey.