Health Resource Center at Reading Area High School
A confidential, free, teen-friendly Health Resource Center for Reading High School Students. A safe place for answers to questions about abstinence, sexual health, how to get birth control and STD/HIV testing, and more!
Open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (when school is in session)
Reading Area High School – Room 138, Door #5
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A Note from the Health Resource Center Coordinator, Alex Banks:
“The HRC is supported by a group of youth from RHS, our Berks Teens Matter Youth Ambassadors. They spread the word about what the HRC has to offer and run a number of health campaigns throughout the school year, including National Condom Week, Healthy Relationships Month, STD Month, and World AIDS Day.
In addition, they are educated on some of the popular topics that I cover in the HRC, so they’re experts too, supporting and educating peers in their community. They answer so many questions from fellow students!
But if a student needs more information or just needs a private space to be able to talk openly, a Youth Ambassador refers them to me. Our YAs are educated on topics like healthy relationships, anatomy, consent, safe sex, contraceptives, and STDs.
Each week brings new challenges, lots of questions and new students. And I see returning students, too. All students are seen one-on-one and free of charge. Sometimes they’re easy questions to answer and sometimes they’re hard for students to ask, but there are no questions off limits.
Most of all, I am inspired by the students that visit the HRC. Coming to a place like the HRC where they know they can get information and take a part in their responsibility of being educated on the facts, it’s brave and it’s something to be proud of. I love being the person on the other side of that door who says, ‘Hi, I’m Alex! Let’s Talk!’ “