Community Partners

Duke Teen Health Club

H.E.A.R.T.S. is partnered with the DTHC, which is a team of sexual educators from the Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research. They have been working in North Carolina for 10 years on exciting programs that allow them to provide comprehensive sexuality education to teens while they navigate the difficult world of adolescent sexual health.

The goal of the CHPIR Duke Teen Health Club is to offer an enriching and evidenced-based, best practice intervention to facilitate positive youth development for adolescents, ages 10-19. Their primary goals are to prevent teen pregnancy and transmission of HIV/STD by engaging youth within the juvenile justice system living in transitional and multipurpose residential housing.  


H.E.A.R.T.S. and the DTHC will:  

  • Offer education and services for adolescent parents.  

  • Provide key Duke and transitional home staff with expertise in addressing behavioral, social, and child health as it relates to teenage pregnancy.

  • Serve on the PREP Community Advisory Council to provide feedback on programming, youth referrals, program sustainability, cultural competence.  

  • Assist in identifying a current or former teen parent to serve on the CAC.   


(Mobilizing African American Mothers through Empowerment) assist H.E.A.R.T.S. participants with navigating systems and support for holistic maternal health and economic advancement.


This collaboration impacts our participants with services including but not limited to prenatal

  • full-spectrum doula services with continuous labor support

  • and post-partum through 18 months, render on-call services,

  • and supports 2 weeks estimated approaching the due date community education, and resources.

North Carolina Central University

Since 2015, our partnership with North Carolina Central University has given H.E.A.R.T.S. Social Work interns.  These young minds provide a fresh perspective, enhances our social strategies, and an extra set of hands to accomplish our programming goals. They connect Big Sister Mentors to our participants and connect them with community resources and service.

Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University provides students majoring in professional writing, which requires that the interns focus most of their internship on writing and marketing writing which includes but not limited to social media writing, blog writing, newsletter writing, writing brochures, etc.

Thank  You



Helping Each Adolescent Reach Their Spark (H.E.A.R.T.S.) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that educates and equips adolescent parents with the tools needed to become independent and self-sufficient.



Phone: 984-244-1715

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