Health and Wellness programs provide holistic accessible care in a community setting. Primary health and mental health services are offered onsite in our 4,500 square-foot clinic.

Peer Group Sessions

YU offers a variety of weekly group sessions that give youth the opportunity to build positive relationships, and grow alongside their peers. These sessions include: 

  • We OUT Here! - session for LGBTQ youth and allies - Tuesdays at 4 pm
  • Sister Circle - session for young women - Wednesdays at 2:30 pm
  • Man Up -  session for young men - Wednesdays at 3 pm
  • Art Class - session for all youth - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 pm

Counseling for Healing and Health

YU is on the forefront of mental health care for transitional age youth and is helping create new policies and best practices to serve traumatized and violence-exposed youth statewide. We offer youth:

  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Psycho-education
  • Clinical consultation
  • Outreach and advocacy
  • Medication referrals

Case Management

YU’s team of Case Managers (CMs) works with members to set and meet educational, career, and life goals. CMs serve as mentors, life coaches, and advocates and guide and track ongoing member involvement. They coordinate with other systems (foster care, juvenile justice, law enforcement) to interrupt cycles of recidivism. The goal is to not only engage and retain youth in YU programming, but to move them forward toward their specified goals and life plan.

Holistic Wellness

YU offers weekly alternative health clinics. YU provides non-Western healing arts, stress management, and preventative health services, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Massage therapy
  • Nutrition advice
  • Herbal and homeopathic remedies
  • Chiropractic care

Physical Health

In partnership with Children’s Hospital Oakland, YU brings adolescent health care to a neighborhood where none previously existed. The Clinic provides preventative and urgent care services, including:

  • Physicals and immunizations
  • Treatment for acute and chronic illness
  • Testing for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy
  • Counseling to support youth struggling with sex- and sexuality-related issues
  • Preventive health screening for asthma, diabetes, and hypertension

Sports & Physical Fitness

YU offers exercise activities that promote teamwork, physical fitness, and confidence. YU houses a regulation-size basketball court and has plans to build a lead-free Astroturf baseball and soccer field. YU also has a fully outfitted skate park—the first of its kind in Oakland. We also offer a variety of hip-hop dance classes.