Programs & Services



What is Youth BLAST?

Youth BLAST is a Collaborative peer support Drop In Center that provides opportunities for youth ages 16-22 to safely express themselves, feel a sense of belonging, connect and develop positive relationships with other peers and supportive adults. Youth BLAST provides resources such as basic needs, medical and legal aid, behavioral health and community resources.

Location: Johnny Tapia Wells Park Community Center,
500 Mountain Road NW Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Friday from 11am to 6pm.
Visit YouthBlast Calendar to see the current schedule.


What we have to offer:

  • Computers with internet access
  • A lounge area to hang out and/or rest
  • Basic necessities: hygiene products, seasonal clothing, survival gear, educational material and food
  • A kitchen where youth can cook
  • Lockers
  • Bus passes
  • Resource navigation: counseling, legal aid and employment resources
  • Life skills coaching
  • Peer support
  • HIV and HEP C testing
  • Weekly activities/workshops: poetry, art and movie nights
  • Direct referral to our partner organizations to engage in their resources


Youth BLAST's Advisory Council

Youth BLAST’s Advisory Council is a group that offers young people a meaningful opportunity to have a voice in decisions made at Youth BLAST around resources, policies, programming and services available. They are the “voice of Youth BLAST.” The youth also have opportunities to foster leadership and advocacy skills as well as research, service development and peer support experience. They contribute to organizational and state-wide advocacy to decrease stigma and increase positive youth inclusion and support services in our communities.

Youth Advisory Council meets on Thursdays from 5:30 - 7pm,  at the Johnny Tapia Wells Park Community Center, 500 Mountain Road NW Albuquerque, NM 87102.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Eric Velzis at 505-933-4810 or at


Our Partner Organizations:

Centro Savila
UNM Truman Health Services
Pegasus Legal Services
Warehouse 508
Workforce Connections 
... And more!