Where young people come together to transform

Learn more about Aaron’s Place.

The mission of Aaron’s Place is to help develop communities that support and empower children and teens that have been affected by substance use by a family member. Through therapeutic intervention & mentoring, and by becoming a part of a community, youth are less likely to engage in risky behavior or put themselves in dangerous situations.

Founded in 2021 by Justin Phillips, Aaron’s Place has grown from a single program to camps and afterschool clubs for different age groups. Core to these programs is an emphasis on education around substance use and its consequences, as well as building strong mentor/mentee relationships.

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have not used any substance to get high

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Of attendees have built strong relationships with mentors

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have not been involved in the juvenile justice system.

*Based on Camp Mariposa

Why Our Approach Works

The therapeutic approach of Aaron’s Place focuses on your child’s needs. Our evidence-based curriculum is unique in providing support, education, and a sense of community in ways that can help your child the most.

Meet Aaron

Aaron Sims loved skateboarding and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and playing sports. He was 20 years old when a heroin overdose led to him passing away in October of 2013.

It’s from this that Aaron’s law was passed, allowing laypersons, including family and friends of someone with Substance Use Disorder, to access naloxone via a prescription. Moreover, the individual who administered the naloxone to someone experiencing an overdose was also protected from civil liability. Learn more about Aaron’s Law

Today, Aaron’s Place has been created to help young people in situations where they are exposed to substance use disorder, with a focus on prevention and education.

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