TORCH (Teen Opportunities and Resources for Community Health) is NYCHC’s teen program for teens ages 13-18 within the Greater NYC bleeding disorders community.   TORCH fosters independence, self-advocacy, support, and accountability among peers. TORCH will build future leaders in the bleeding disorders community.

Started in the Summer of 2016, NYCHC’s teen program is growing. We recognize that adolescence is a trying time for both young adults and parents. Teens need a space to find support among their peers, and to decompress from the day to day struggles of adolescence and living with a bleeding disorder.

The TORCH Teen Retreat will be held on September 21-23, 2018. Please stay tuned for more details!


In the past year, our teens have gone rock climbing, volunteered on urban farms and with CityMeals on Wheels, and created strategic plans for 2017. This coming September, our teens will embark on their first overnight camping retreat in the Poconos. Accompanied by peer mentors, NYCHC staff, nurses, and special guest Chris Bombardier, these teens will cultivate leadership skills, make new friends, and form life-long bonds.


For more information about our teen programming, please email

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