Services

Younity Drop-In Center

Younity works to empower youth 16-25 of all backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Everything about our drop-in center - from the physical space to services and programming - is directly informed by the voices of the youth we work with. We offer young adults a place where they can find respect for the person they are now, and support for the person they want to become. Our team operates from a Peer Support model, and specializes in assisting youth and young adults who identify as LGBTQ+, and/or have experiences with substance use, housing instability, mental health needs, or have experienced other barriers to their health and wellness that have not been met by "traditional" services. 

Younity provides a variety of opportunities for youth to engage in individual and group activities designed to help them work through challenges, overcome barriers, and explore what inspires them. Drop in for Open Mic or DnD night, harm reduction supplies, Peer Support group, help with housing, or just to use the laundry or wifi. Our food pantry and gender-affirming closet are open so folks can always take what they need, and our bathroom is always stocked with basics like hygiene and harm-reduction products too.

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At a Glance
This service is for
Population: Transition-aged youth of all genders; as well as those with disabilities and co-occurring barriers.
Age: 16-25
Location: 6 Elm Street, Gloucester, MA
The drop-in is open at 11am Tuesday-Friday. Summer Hours: Tue/Wed 11am-6pm, Th 11am-8pm, Fri 11am-5pm
Accessing this service
Younity is located at street level; limited free parking available on Elm St. and ample metered parking on Main St.
Let's Connect
Shaina Doberman
Program Director
pronouns: they/them/theirs
978-270-0428
Kris Musto
TIP Facilitator/Case Manager
pronouns: she/her/hers
978-954-1093
Mordecai Sennett
YYA Peer Coordinator
pronouns: he/him/his, ze/hir/hirs
978-684-2026
Cassidy Briere
Peer Mentor
pronouns: he/him/his
508-861-5194
Younity Programs and Services

The Younity staff pride themselves on being inclusive, dedicated, and completely youth driven. Helping YYA (Youth and Young Adults) find their purpose—or just someone who will listen—is what we do!  

The center offers both recreational and psychoeducational groups to celebrate shared interests and promote self-empowerment. Options include monthly Astrology Club, Open Mic, Youth Advisory Board and DnD, weekly Art groups, cooking lessons, Peer Support, interpersonal skill development, job planning, and more. Our schedule is always changing based on what our young adults want to see, so keep an eye on our Instagram for the most up-to-date info on programs @younity_gloucester

 

Services for Providers and Community Partners

In partnership with DMH, with generous funding from SAMHSA’s Healthy Transitions (HT2) Grant, we were awarded the resources to open our physical drop-in location!

We encourage providers and mental health professionals in Gloucester, Cape Ann, and Essex County to keep our low-barrier drop-in center in mind when considering transitional planning for your clients. Younity’s strength-based therapeutic programming aims to reintegrate, renew, and reinvigorate area youth.

We are building partnerships within the Gloucester community with those who support our mission to bring youth together. These Youth Ambassadors have day-to-day contact with local YYA’s and partner with us in outreach efforts to ensure every young adult receives the right care. If you’re a Gloucester-based business or service and would like to hear more about advocating for youth, please get in touch!

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