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HiTops Teen Council Presents "Talk to Me" - A Family Night Event


Join HiTops for a workshop on parent-teen communication around issues such as privacy, trust, relationships, and the issues surrounding sex and sexuality.  refreshments will be served.  Both teens and adults are welcome.  Registration is free but required as space limited.  To register, call 609-683-5155 ext. 232

February 25, 2010.  7pm.  The Arts of Council of Princeton.  102 Witherspoon Street.  Princeton.

Valid from 02/04/2010 to 02/26/2010

Hitops Teen Council Presents "Talk to Me" Workshop April 29, 2010


HiTops Teen Council Presents “Talk to Me” – A Family Night Event - On April 29, 2010 at 7pm. the HiTOPS Teen Council will present "Talk to Me," a workshop designed to give parents, guardians and teens the opportunity to come together and discuss sex and sexuality, privacy and trust, in a fun and non-threatening atmosphere. Both teens and adults are welcome. For more information or to register for this event call 609-683-5155 ext. 232.  The event will take place at the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street.

Valid from 04/01/2010 to 04/30/2010

$4.8 Million Grant Awarded to Princeton Center and HiTOPS


Princeton Center for Leadership Training (PCLT), in collaboration with long-time partner HiTOPS, was awarded a five-year, $4.8 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to replicate and evaluate a teen sexual health peer education program, known as the Teen Prevention Education Program (Teen PEP), in 16 high schools in rural North Carolina communities with high teen birth rates. Since the program's launch in 1995, PCLT and HiTOPS have worked collaboratively with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services to develop and implement Teen PEP in more than 50 high schools in New Jersey.


The new federal grant will enable this successful and proven New Jersey program to expand its impact significantly in the state of North Carolina. The project will: 

    • build the capacity of schools to provide effective and sustainable sexuality education through a model of peer education;
    • support the development of students as effective sexual health educators effecting positive behavioral change among their peers; and
    • provide students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to reduce unintended pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.

"We are both honored and thrilled to receive this prestigious award that will enable us to reach thousands more young people with medically-accurate sexual health education and leadership development programming," said Daniel F. Oscar, President & CEO of PCLT. "The success of Teen PEP as a statewide model in New Jersey offers a solid foundation for wide-scale replication of the program in rural communities across North Carolina."


"A young person's future depends on the decisions he or she makes today," said Dr. Elizabeth Casparian, Executive Director of HiTOPS. "Adolescents are already a medically underserved population, and are often just a choice away from life-altering actions. Through this project, we can provide the resources they need to make decisions that protect their health, which will enable them to live healthy, responsible lives."


Teen PEP is a school-based program that utilizes peer education to increase responsible decision-making by students around issues of sexual health. High school juniors and seniors serve as peer educators who conduct-for groups of younger peers, faculty, and family members-a series of structured workshops designed to reduce risk factors for unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV as well as to enhance protective factors against these issues. Peer educators are trained through a daily, credit-bearing leadership course taught by school faculty during regular school hours. PCLT and HiTOPS build the capacity of schools to implement Teen PEP by providing training, curriculum, and on-site technical assistance to stakeholders and school faculty. The direct implementation of Teen PEP is carried out by faculty employed by and peer educators enrolled in participating schools.


The proposed project will reach more than 12,000 program participants, including 10,000 ninth grade students, who are the recipients of peer-led workshops. PCLT and HiTOPS will partner with Abt Associates, Inc. to conduct a scientifically rigorous evaluation of the program's impact on student outcomes in order to further enhance the knowledge base and field of teen pregnancy prevention and peer leadership.


For more information about PCLT or Teen PEP, please visit our website at


For more information about HiTOPS, please visit

Valid from 10/18/2010 to 12/01/2010

HiTOPS's Princeton Half Marathon 2015 October 4


With the unanimous approval of the Princeton Town Council, HiTOPS's Princeton Half Marathon will hit the streets on Sunday, October 4th. Registration opens to the public on February 15th. Be sure to visit the Princeton Half Marathon website for updated information regarding registration, sponsorships, and more. For regular updates, follow Princeton Half Marathon on Facebook and Twitter.

Valid from 02/10/2015 to 05/30/2015

HiTOPS is Still Accepting Applications for Teen Council


The HiTOPS Teen Council is a group of 20 high school seniors who undergo extensive training to become effective peer sexual health educators in their school and community.


Students selected for the Teen Council receive over 140 hours of training in human sexuality, presentation skills, group facilitation, communication and negotiation skills, and interactive educational techniques.


The HiTOPS program is considered the most comprehensive, high quality training of this type available in New Jersey. Click here to learn more about becoming a member.

Valid from 03/02/2011 to 03/31/2011

HiTops Now Offering Sports Physicals in August


HiTOPS is offering sports and camp physicals for teens before school
starts in August. Same-day appointments are often available - call 609
683 5155 x211 to book an appointment time.

Valid from 07/26/2011 to 09/01/2011



Valid from 08/31/2009

HPV Vaccine & Winter Flu Updates from HiTOPS



HPC Vaccination

There has been a lot of discussion recently in the media about vaccinating youth against HPV (human papillomavirus).


The Society for Adolescent Medicine and Health recommends targeted vaccination of 11 and 12-year-old male and female patients, and catch-up vaccinations for all patients 13-26 years who have not yet received the vaccination.


HPV vaccination has been recommended since 2006, and since that time no serious safety concerns have been noted after millions of delivered doses. Vaccine administration is ideal at the 11-12 year visit, well before most adolescents have engaged in sexual contact or experimentation that puts them at risk for acquiring HPV infection.


Each year, about 12,000 women get cervical cancer in the U.S. Almost all of these cancers are HPV-associated. Other cancers associated with HPV infection include: vulvar cancer, vaginal cancer, penile cancer and oropharyngeal cancer.  


HiTOPS offers the Gardasil vaccine for HPV to all young adults aged 11+. Call (609) 683 5155 x211 to book an appointment. 


Fall is almost upon us. In preparation for the 2011/2012 Flu season HiTOPS is offering the Flumist nasal vaccine as well as the injectable flu shot.

Yearly vaccination for influenza is now recommended for everyone over 6 months of age, especially those with chronic illness, pregnant women, health care workers and anyone who is a close care giver of children younger than 6 months.

Flumist and Flu shots available for $25.00. Call HiTOPS on (609) 683 5155 x211 to book an appointment.  

Valid from 09/22/2011 to 11/22/2011

Lily Tomlin Performs for HiTops Benefit at McCarter April 26, 2012



Lily Tomlin headshotYou are invited to join HiTOPS for an evening of hilarious stand-up comedy from one of the greats of American stage and screen, Lily Tomlin.
This performance is sure to be a highlight of the McCarter Theatre season and tickets are selling quickly.

All proceeds benefit HiTOPS' mission, promoting adolescent health and well-being.

Tickets: $175
Drinks and Hors d'oeuvres: 6:30pm
Showtime: 8:00pm
Click on the link below to purchase your tickets today.
Book Now!
I can't make it
If you have any questions about the event or wish to book tickets over the phone please contact John Parker on 609 683 5155 x230.
We look forward to seeing you at the show!
McCarter Theatre
91 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08540 

Thursday April 26, 2012
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Valid from 03/05/2012 to 04/27/2012

Talk to Me: A Family Night Event at HiTOPS February 29, 2012


Talk to Me: A Family Night Event gives parents, guardians and teens the opportunity to talk about issues like privacy, trust, and independence in a non-threatening, fun and dynamic workshop.

Our goal is to increase our comfort with difficult conversations. By encouraging adult-teen communication, we hope to create a forum for those important conversations that help young people grow into strong and healthy adults. Teen Council members have been working hard this year, and we want you to see them in action!

Family Night takes place at the D&R Greenway Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place (off of Rosedale Road between Princeton and Lawrenceville), Princeton NJ 08540.

Both teens and adults are welcome; registration is free, but required, as space is limited. To register, call 609 683 5155 x232 or email 

Valid from 02/13/2012 to 03/01/2012

HiTops Announces 12th Annual GSA Forum November 14, 2015


This exciting conference-like event is a collaboration between HiTOPS  and GLSEN of Central NJ. It is intended to be a safe gathering space and place of learning for young LGBTQIAP people seeking information, community and connection.

Sponsored by: HiTOPS & GLSEN CNJ

Accepting workshop proposals until October 5th 2015

Please contact Daniel Fernandez ( with questions regarding proposals

Attendees will include LGBTQIAP middle & high school students, parents & family members, school staff, and advisors.


We are specifically looking for workshops in the areas of:


  • Health & Wellness 
  • Multi-cultural Awareness
  • Religion & Spirituality  
  • Dating, and Healthy Relationships
  • Anti-Bullying   
  • LGBTQ School Rights   
  • Coming Out, Being Out & Being Stealth
  • Enrichment: Community, Arts, & Self-Expression
  • Student Leadership 
  • Advocacy


We are seeking proposals for workshops that are 70 minutes in length, interactive, and geared specifically for LGBTQIAP youth, their parents, family members, school staff and GSA advisors. Workshops may also take the form of a panel discussion; the individual submitting the proposal should serve as the panel coordinator and facilitator. We value workshops that are solutions focused (i.e., learning skills, options, resources, best or “better” practices).

Please contact Daniel Fernandez ( regarding workshop proposals.

Other questions/concerns? Contact: Carol Watchler (, 609-529-1389), and Corrine O'Hara (, 609-683-5155 x217)

Please submit your proposal by midnight on October 5th, 2015 using our online form at


* Required

Workshop Title:  *


Name of lead presenter:  *


Names of co-presenter(s):


Organization/agency affiliation:


Contact information:  *




Workshop Description (100 words maximum):  *


Is this session intended for (check all that apply):  *

Middle School Students (Ages 11-14)

High School Students (Ages 14-18)  


School Staff



Which area, see page 1, would your workshop best fit in?  *


Please tell us about your background working with LGBTQIAP youth and about your expertise in this area:  *


Goals for your session:  *


What will attendees learn? What are the desired outcomes of your workshop? *


Brief outline of your workshop:  *


In what ways will your workshop be interactive?  *


What are your needs in terms of room set-up, audio visual and other equipment?  *


Is there anything else you wish to tell us about your workshop proposal?

Valid from 08/03/2015 to 10/15/2015

HiTOPS Announces TRANS Youth Group


Valid from 08/14/2015 to 11/15/2015

From HiTOPS with love


From HiTOPS, with Love


This Friday night the Princeton airport will be transformed into a sophisticated club atmosphere that captures the spirit and style of Bond, James Bond.  With exotic and vintage Bond cars, a helicopter, cigar bar, photo ops and specialty drinks and food – all with that special ‘shaken, not stirred’ quality, this HiTOPS 25th anniversary event is one not to be missed.

Our favorite agent’s missions took him to Italy, the Middle East and Asia and this spectacular evening will do the same, with three separate areas under the tent to visit that capture the essence of those exotic ports of call. That, my friends, is what we call an event with panache.

With a red carpet and valet to greet you, don your best Bond attire and go! For 25 years HiTOPS has provided our local youth the resources they need to live healthy, responsible and empowered lives. This evening will honor those that helped make this possible.  The best news? You can still pick up a ticket and show your appreciation for all they have done.

Scooped at:

HiTOPS 25th Anniversary Event

Princeton Airport

Airpark Road, Princeton NJ 08542

Friday April 19th

7:00-9:30 pm


Valid from 04/17/2013

HiTOPS Announces Community Connection Series


HiTOPS is announcing its Community Connection Series, a new effort to create a community of learning and dialog around issues impacting adolescents and young adults. Throughout the year we will bring to life issues that affect us all through a variety of thought provoking mediums.


Our first two offerings are films. For the first event, we are partnering with the Princeton Area Community Foundation to show the film, "Paper Tigers",  a documentary focusing on long term effects of childhood trauma. The film highlights a powerful and effective framework for understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of trauma. 

Following the documentary will be a panel discussion moderated by HiTOPS' Board President and President of TLP Consulting Group, Tracey Post MSW, LCSW. 

Audience: Youth serving adults, teachers and Administrators, parents, caregivers.

You may view the film's trailer here. Please note that both the film and the trailer contain graphic language and images.


Paper Tigers

Thursday, September 15

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Film begins at 5:30 pm

West Windsor Arts Center

952 Alexander Road, West Windsor


Please register online by September 12 here

Our second event will be held on October 22 at the Princeton Public Library. We will show the movie "Jessica Darling's It List", a coming of-age comedy that follows 12-year old Jessica Darling as she maneuvers through some of the social fears of those entering middle school.


Several local organizations will be at the event to raise awareness of the resources in our community available for tweens and pre-tweens. 


Audience: All Tweens /pre-tweens and their parent(s) 


Up Coming Events:Future elements in the series will include movies, speakers and book discussions. If you want to become involved and/or have suggestions on future topics please e-mail us


See what's happening on our social sites


HiTOPS, 21 Wiggins Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

Valid from 09/09/2016 to 10/31/2016

HiTOPS Opens Teen Center at 21 Wiggins Street


Building upon a founding tradition of meeting the evolving needs of youth, we're excited to announce the opening of the new HiTOPS Teen Center right here at 21 Wiggins St!

The Teen Center is now the home for all of our current and future youth initiatives. Complete with bean bag chairs, festive lights, thoughtful programs and a variety of resources, the Teen Center is already the hub of a lot of activity!

Donors and friends have been right there from the start.  Special #Gratitude to our great friends, author Megan McCafferty and The Princeton Public Library team, for creating a unique collection of books specially chosen to speak to the diversity of youth we serve.

Get involved and show your interest in the HiTOPS Teen Center! Visit and select Youth Empowerment.

Valid from 12/22/2016 to 01/15/2017

David Sedaris Theater Benefit at McCarter for HiTOPS


Save the date: April 5th - McCarter Theater

HiTOPS presents an evening of celebration and laughter, featuring the incomparable David Sedaris. This benefit event is a great way to have fun (who couldn't use some of that?), raise important funds to improve the lives of young people and pay tribute to a very special person.

  • Honorary Host Committee Tickets are available now. Visit
  • Individual seating and reception tickets will be available March 1st based on availability*.

*  This will be a fantastic evening, and the theater will sell out. HiTOPS has 100 great seats in the orchestra section, and we'd love to have you in one of them.

In advance of the show there will be a private Tribute Cocktail Reception with a special honoree.

Get Details or Join Honorary Host Committe

Valid from 02/01/2017 to 04/01/2017

HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon November 5


HiTOPS offers as many low and no-cost programs to youth, schools and organizations as possible, in particular those most at risk. To help fund this commitment each year, we produce the HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon.


The HiTOPS Half is a sought after race with 1,750 runners and over 2,500 of their loyal fans cheering them on!  More importantly, it raises much needed funds to help young people become the very best versions of themselves.


How you can help:



Support the Half Marathon – and all of HiTOPS programming - by sponsoring our event. Consider purchasing a table in victory village, a mile marker, or a water station. Read more about our sponsorship opportunities.



Are you a runner or have friends that run? The Princeton Half Marathon is undoubtedly one of the most scenic half marathon courses you'll find. Share broadly and register today before the race sells out.  



We're a charity after all, and volunteers help us get more $$ working to help young people. The HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon requires over 200 volunteers who are absolutely critical to the success of the event. Please visit and share our volunteer opportunities with anyone who may be able to help. Our greatest need is for course marshals to direct the runners. This job guarantees a front row seat to the race!


Valid from 10/09/2017 to 11/06/2017

HiTops Introduces: The Rainbow Connection - January 27


Valid from 01/08/2018 to 01/28/2018

HiTOPS Launches Pilot Project Focused on Middle School Youth


We’re happy to announce the kickoff of PEERS (Peers Excelling & Educating on Relationships & Sexuality). PEERS will train high school aged students as peer educators who will facilitate sexual health education workshops for middle school-aged youth.


Rising juniors and seniors were recruited from the Princeton area to participate in the PEERS pilot program. Once their training is completed the new peer educators will facilitate workshops for younger teens in camps and other programs throughout the mid - late summer.


We are pleased to have the opportunity implement this pilot project, and excited by the prospect of a long-term PEERS program at HiTOPS 


For more information about PEERS send an email here!

Valid from 05/24/2018 to 08/01/2018

HiTOPS Announces LGBTQ Youth Groups


Valid from 08/14/2015 to 11/01/2015

HiTops Announces 12th Annual GSA Forum November 14, 2015


Valid from 09/24/2015 to 11/15/2015

HiTops Announces New Mission


A year ago, HiTops made the decision to close its health clinic. That decision began a process for HiTops to evaluate its mission and impact, and determine how best to focus its resources to serve the health needs of young people today. Aligning our 27 years of expertise and experience with national priorities in adolescent health, HiTops is now strongly positioned to address the highest risk behaviors of youth ages 10 to 26 years.


Today, we are excited to share with you HiTops' new mission and desired outcomes.



HiTops is a health education and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring every adolescent safe passage to adulthood by providing comprehensive sexuality education and promoting healthy relationships and supportive connections.


HiTops Implements its Mission to Achieve the Following Outcomes

  • Reduced rates of HIV, STIs and unplanned pregnancies.
  • Reduced rates of intimate partner violence (including sexual assault and dating violence).
  • Reduced incidences of self-harm as well as physical assault, harassment and bullying, with particular attention to LGBT youth.
  • Healthy and supportive connections of peers and adults.

What Will Remain the Same?

HiTops will continue to implement youth-focused educational programs that are inclusive and effective. As ever, HiTops will listen to youth and those individuals serving youth, to develop responses to their expressed needs and concerns. HiTops will maintain its expertise and listening ear to continue serving as a trusted resource for adolescents and young adults, ages 10-26.


We will continue to offer:

  • Support groups for LGBT youth and survivors of sexual assault,
  • Educational programs for youth in schools, juvenile justice centers, organizations, churches,
  • Trainings and professional development for youth-serving adults,
  • Education and resources for Parents.

What is New for HiTops?

HiTops will expand its service footprint to serve youth with the highest health risks throughout the state. Aligning with state and national priorities in adolescent health helps HiTops (and you!) know that we are addressing the highest needs and setting measurable goals that will keep us accountable to achieving our intended impact.


We will leverage our 27 years' experience in the field of adolescent health to advocate on behalf of youth and ensure policies that support our goals. For example, New Jersey's new anti-bullying legislation was designed to protect youth in schools, however in practice there are devastating unintended consequences for LGBT youth-and HiTops is part of the effort to change this. Also, HiTops will work with legislators and partners to engage schools in ensuring that all youth have access to inclusive, comprehensive sexuality education. We will work with family planning providers to reduce barriers that young people experience in accessing services.


HiTops will scale its work throughout the state by expanding training efforts and teaching more adults how to implement effective, age-appropriate educational programs in their communities. As a result, thousands more youth will benefit from increased knowledge, skills, and informed, supportive adults.


We will continue to provide vulnerable youth populations-youth who experience victimization, poverty, mental health disorders, substance abuse, sexual trauma or assault, and unstable family systems-with resources to address high risk health behaviors around sexual health and violence. By focusing on our goals and extending services beyond our own backyard, HiTops will have a powerful, positive affect on the health outcomes for youth in New Jersey.


If you have questions or would like to talk about HiTops' future, please contact Elizabeth Casparian at 609.683.5155 x215 or

Valid from 10/26/2015 to 12/01/2015

Volunteers Needed for HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon



The HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon is 11 days away and we need your help filling our open volunteer positions.

Please consider joining us on Sunday, November 6th. Helping with the race is a great way to give back to HiTOPS, connect with your community and be a part of Princeton's largest event!


Click here for a summary of all open volunteer positions. 


Our biggest need is traffic marshals who play an important role for ensuring the safety of participants by staffing low activity intersections. These volunteers, who must be 18 years of age, are stationed along the course and have the opportunity to see and cheer on runners. Training is required and will be at the Princeton Police Department on Wednesday, November 2nd from 6-7:30PM or Saturday, November 5th from 9- 10:30AM.


Valid from 10/26/2016 to 11/07/2016