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Teen Life Clubs (TLC)

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Children’s National’s free and fun after-school program for 11-14 year olds is now recruiting! The Teen Life Clubs (TLC) is a youth development program that improves decision making skills and ultimately reduces sexual risks. Our curriculum helps teens develop the life skills they need to make safe, responsible choices about goal setting, sexual activity, responding to violence, maintaining healthy relationships, making money and securing jobs/careers. The TLCs include weekly club meetings, monthly enrichment activities and group mentors. Each TLC member can earn a stipend/gift card for being in the Club, based on attendance, punctuality, and positive participation.

The comprehensive TLC youth development program includes:

  • Weekly health education sessions which address four units of adolescent health: personal identity, healthy bodies, violence prevention, world of work/ financial literacy. These sessions include clubs for male adolescents and clubs for female adolescents that are held Monday –Thursday, 4 pm – 6 pm.
  • Weekly homework assistance is offered to all TLC members every Thursday, 6 pm – 8 pm at Children's National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine. Dinner is included.
  • Gender-specific, monthly enrichment activities held on one Saturday per month. These include events like open sessions, ropes course, CPR training, self-defense training, family dinners, holiday parties, basketball tournaments, community service learning, and graduation.
  • Ongoing group mentoring relationships with trusted, trained adults who serve as positive role models.
  • Program referrals to other after-school programs for adolescents who graduate from Teen Life Clubs. The program also refers adolescents to other needed hospital services and resources.
  • Exciting leadership opportunities such as the youth advisory council and summer internship.
  • Program incentives such as a weekly stipend, free snacks, prizes, and gift cards.
All pre-teens, ages 11 – 14, who are interested can complete a membership form and fax a completed copy to 202-476-3711. We also accept pre-teens who are not Children’s patients and/or do not reside in Washington, DC. Please note: each Teen Life Club is limited to the first 15 teens who sign up.

TLC Registration Process

Contact Kerriann Peart at 202-476-6018 to enroll a 11-14 year old youth today and sign up for an orientation. The program runs from Oct-June of each school year.

Community Partnerships

Children’s has an extensive list of community partners who collaborate with Teen Life Clubs including George Washington and Georgetown Universities, University of Maryland, Howard University, Junior League of Washington, Defend Yourself, Innerquest Ropes Course, Advocates for Youth, We Can!, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, DC Central Kitchen – Healthy Returns Program, Women Empowered Against Violence Everywhere (WEAVE), Peace-a-holics, and Washington DC public, public charter, and private schools.

2010-2011 List of TLC Sites:
We have 3 Clubs this year (1 Boys Club and 2 Girls Clubs):

  • Tuesday boys @ THEARC 5-7pm
  • Wednesday girls @ Children's main hospital 4-6pm
  • Thursday girls @ Children's Comp Clinic 4-6pm

Parent orientations are scheduled for Tuesday, September 14th 6-8pm @ Children’s main hospital and again on Tuesday, September 21st 6-8pm @ THEARC.

The Teen Life Clubs have been awarded an evaluation grant by the Joe Higdon and Ellen Sudow Fund of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region to work with consultants from the George Washington University School of Public Health. The evaluation will measure how effectively the program curriculum and activities are in reducing risks related to STs, HIV and unplanned pregnancy.

We ask parents to sign a consent form for their teens to participate in the pre- and post- tests that are given to them at the beginning and end of the program. The consent form is optional and refusal will not affect your teen’s chances of participating in the program.


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