Younity Access Center

Younity works to empower youth 16-25 of all backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Everything about our access 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, Early 20s 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.

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
Younity is open for drop in and programming at 3pm Tuesday-Friday. Winter Hours: Tues. 3-5pm, Wed. 3-6pm, Th 3-7pm, Fri 3-5pm (Tuesday-Friday, we are operating "Library Hours" 11am-3pm)
During "Library Hours", youth are welcome to access our amenities as-needed or contact any staff directly to schedule an appointment to meet.
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
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Autumn Buhl
YYA Peer Coordinator
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Reilly Ellis
TIP Facilitator/Case Manager
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Cody Van Wittenberghe
Peer Mentor
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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 Open Art Studio, Youth Advisory Board, Early 20s Peer Support, Magic the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. We also host additional events each month like interpersonal skill development, job & financial planning, free/anonymous STI testing and harm reduction workshops, and are the weekly meetup location for Cape Ann NAGLY, the Gloucester satellite for the North Shore Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth. 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!

Program Event Calendar

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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.