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SLATE Missouri Job Center is currently enrolling individuals for personalized services with Career Advisors, Job Recruiters, and Employment Preparation Facilitators from ages 18 through 24 and above. Orientations are Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and are open to all Missouri residents. Come 30 minutes early to register. 1520 Market Street Room 3050.

Youth partnering with community for social justice and health represents the vision for The SPOT. True to this vision, The SPOT welcomes ALL youth (13-24)

Mission: Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens

Suicide is preventable. If you're having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. #projectsemicolon

All parents ages 13-24 are welcome to join us for our bimonthly parent group. Share and receive wisdom from other parents and facilitator, Sharonda Brown.

Check out our testing and medical services schedule for 2/17 - 2/21! Afternoon testing will have limited slots (15) and once those slots have been filled we will be done with testing.

Please note: NO DOCTOR on FRIDAY 2/21. We apologize for any inconvenience.

February 14-21 is Condom Week! Coming in all sorts of shapes, colores, textures, and sizes, there is truly a condom for just about everyone. Condoms are one of the most affordable and effective methods of protection and prevention, and should be used along with birth control and PrEP as a reliable prevention tool to protect against pregnancy and STDs.🙌
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Happy Valentine’s Day to all from all of us at The SPOT!

TODAY, February 12th, is the last day to register to vote in the March 10th Presidential Primary! Register today (you can even do it online) and make your voice heard🇺🇸

When we all respond to the Census, we get the representation we need in Congress. Don't let Missouri lose its voice in Washington. Learn more at 2020Census.gov.

How do you help a friend struggling with mental illness? Be available for them in whatever way they need it. You can also help connect them to The SPOT. Call 314-535-0413 to ask about our free counseling services.

In honor of February being #blackhistorymonth, join us tomorrow at drop-in at 1PM to participate in Black History Bingo! We’ll also be celebrating every Tuesday for the rest of the month with activities such as bingo or watching the acclaimed show Black-ish.

Check out our testing and medical services schedule for 2/10 - 2/14! Afternoon testing will have limited slots (15) and once those slots have been filled we will be done with testing.

On #selfcaresunday, remember to take a moment for yourself and honor the importance of your mental health💐

On this week’s Staff SPOTlight Saturday, meet Lamarkus (he/him/his), one of our awesome Prevention Specialists!

Loves the SPOT because: “I like the people that I get to meet and I love my coworkers!”

Fun fact: “I have a book published!”📚

Favorite dessert: Oreo cream pie🥧

Join us for Relationship Goals, a healthy relationships program with Safe Connections, on Friday February 14th at 1PM!🥰

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In the spirit of love this upcoming Valentine's Day, consider supporting the SPOT by purchasing one of the items on our Amazon wish list, all of which will be shared with youth who are unstably housed and/or lack resources to purchase basic care items. Check out the list below!

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Join us for Relationship Goals, a healthy relationships program with Safe Connections, Friday February 14th at 1PM!🥰

Friday, February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and we’re in this together! #NBHAAD is observed annually on February 7th to increase HIV education, prevention, testing, and treatment among black communities.

Learn more at the link in our bio or contact The SPOT or Project ARK for HIV prevention and care resources. #StopHIVTogether #StopHIVStigma @ The SPOT

Skip over the potential consequences of sex without protection! Come see us to receive a variety of condoms, which are an effective way to avoid contracting STIs from sexual activity💯

Job opportunity!👆Youth between ages 16-24 can apply to be paired with local employers for the summer and are paired with an ongoing mentor. Check out stlyouthjobs.org/apply for more information and to apply!

The Missouri primary election is just over a month away! Are you ready to make your voice heard? Stop by the SPOT tomorrow (Wednesday, February 5th) from 1-5 to register to vote!

Guide to Mental Health, Part 5/5
Pro tip: If you need counseling or other mental health services, call as soon as you can. Ask about our free counseling services at The SPOT at 314-535-0413. If we can't meet with you as soon as you'd like, we can help connect you to another organization who can.

New sexual partner? Time to get tested. Make your sexual health a priority and come in to the SPOT to get tested.

Medical and testing services for this week - we will only have a doctor available on Friday which means persons with vaginal symptoms can only be evaluated on Friday.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will be open for drop in Tues, Thurs and Fri this week. Our case manager will still be available today if you need to stop by for any resources or referrals.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring some of our amazing staff on Staff SPOTlight Saturdays!

Meet Alisha (they/them/theirs), one of our incredible Drop-In Specialists! Stop by to chat with them at drop-in every weekday from 1-5 except Wednesdays.

Loves the SPOT because: “I love the chill environment, all of my coworkers, and getting to interact with youth in such a comfortable environment.”

Fun fact: used to skateboard and rollerblade🛹

Favorite dessert: a tie between cheesecake, ice cream, and chocolate cake🍦

The SPOT's cover photo

The theme of this year's National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, "We're in This, Together," promotes working collectively to stop HIV stigma and encourage HIV prevention, testing, and treatment in black communities. On February 6th, join us for a NBHAAD event featuring HIV awareness, information, fun, music, and giveaways.

All services will be closed Friday 1/31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

All parents ages 13-24 years old are welcome to join us for our bimonthly parent group next Wednesday, February 5th. Share and receive wisdom from the other parents and facilitators from Parents as Teachers. Food and bus tickets will be provided.

Guide to Mental Health, Part 4/5
So you've decided to get help for your mental illness or for something difficult you're going through. Here are some steps. You can also call The SPOT at 314-535-0413 to ask about our free counseling services.

Some Monday wisdom from the one and only @lizzobeeating 👏

Final two weeks to participate in this study to give input about HPV and enter a raffle for a gift card.

Today is #NationalComplimentDay! Start the day by complimenting yourself and your body.🥰💪
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We apologize for any inconvenience for the cancellation of services however we want to ensure the safety of those seeking and providing services.

Stop by the SPOT tomorrow (Thursday 1/23) to chat with a volunteer about the upcoming election and make sure you are registered to vote!

All parents ages 13-24 years old are welcome to join us for our bimonthly parent group. Share and receive wisdom from the other parents and facilitators. Food and bus tickets will be provided.

Guide to Mental Health, Part 3/5
If you've decided to ask for help (see parts 1 and 2 in posts from the last 2 Tuesdays), here is some guidance for what to say. If you have questions, call The SPOT at 314-535-0413 to ask about our free counseling services.

The SPOT will be closed for all services tomorrow due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

FRIDAY 1/17 SCHEDULE!!❄️☃️

We will be CLOSING FOR ALL SERVICES @ 12PM. Please stay safe out there!!

Stop by the SPOT tomorrow to make sure you are registered to vote!

Guide to Mental Health, Part 2/5
Based on the warning signs in Part 1 posted last Tuesday, if you're worried, talk to a trusted person. You can also call The SPOT at 314-535-0413 to ask about our free counseling services.

Guide to Mental Health, Part 1/5
How many of these common warning signs do you know? How many have you noticed in yourself or a friend lately? If you have questions, call The SPOT at 314-535-0413 to ask about our free counseling services.

Happy New Year to all!

Holiday mental wellness tip # 8/8
Give yourself credit for what you've done well and have hope for the future.

Holiday mental wellness tip # 7/8
Talk to a mental health professional if you're noticing symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a type of depression.

To those celebrating Kwanzaa, we wish you a very happy holiday!!

About the SPOT

There is no place like the SPOT in St. Louis.

Founded in 2008, the SPOT meets the needs of ALL youth between the ages of 13-24 with a comprehensive set of FREE medical and support services in a safe, youth-friendly environment. Our staff has met the needs of over 19,000 youth seeking medical care, social services, substance abuse assessments and counseling, mental health counseling, a safe place to hang out and much more.

Our philosophy requires that the SPOT be structured around the following guiding principles:


  • remove barriers that currently impede youth from seeking or obtaining health and prevention services;

  • create a center separate from a child or adult clinic environment that is youth-specific;

  • combine needed health and social services into a single setting;

  • engage youth in all aspects of the program development and allow opportunities for their leadership to be fostered;

  • successfully link youth into the existing healthcare system by addressing and eliminating specific barriers.
  • The SPOT is open Monday-Friday and provides the following services:


  • Drop-in: grab a snack, take a shower, do laundry, work on the computer, watch TV, participate in structured activities, and take home safer sex kits;

  • Medical care: FREE medical services available Monday-Friday 1-5PM on a first-come first-serve basis (pregnancy testing, birth control, pap smears, STD testing, strep tests, etc.)

  • Counseling: talk to a licensed counselor about coping with stress, depression/sadness, anxiety/worries, alcohol/drugs, sexuality and gender, work, school, trauma/bullying, or any problem or goal;

  • Testing: walk-in testing every day for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, and trichomoniasis, plus free treatment for positive results;

  • Case management: finding a place to stay, applying for public benefits, getting vital documents, job readiness and resume development, assistance with hygiene supplies and clothing, etc.
  • In the end, it doesn’t matter why you come by. You’ll always feel like you belong at the SPOT.

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    thespot.wustl.edu

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    4169 Laclede Ave
    St. Louis, MO
    63108

    General information

    At the SPOT youth can 1) access health and prevention services; 2) strive for positive educational and vocational outcomes; 3) have a voice and influence in their communities through leadership opportunities.

    Opening Hours

    Monday 13:00 - 17:00
    Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00
    Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00
    Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
    Friday 13:00 - 17:00
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