About Us

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.

Mission

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.

  • Age-appropriate, interactive, skills-based health education presented by health educators or trained peers in schools, community organizations, government agencies, juvenile detention centers. HiTOPS’ public health approach meets with the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards.
  • Confidential, integrated healthcare delivered by advanced nurse practitioners at HiTOPS and satellite sites in Mercer County. Services include health assessment, reproductive healthcare, screening for risk behaviors, depression, eating disorders and substance abuse; HIV/STI testing and treatment and referrals; crisis intervention for dating violence and sexual assault.
  • Safe space and support for vulnerable populations through ongoing programs for LGBTQ youth and female survivors of sexual assault. Training for parents, health professionals, school administrators and teachers qualifies for Professional Development Hours.

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.