Where young people come together to transform

Learn more about Aaron’s Place and our unique approach to substance use support and education for young people.

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

As an evidence-based, year-round therapeutic intervention and mentoring program, Aaron’s Place helps develop communities that support and empower children and teens that have been affected by substance use in their family. Whether attending Camp Mariposa (camp for 9-12 year olds) or APEX (virtual mentoring program for 13-17 year olds), programs are structured around the child’s other commitments, with activities they can both enjoy and learn from.


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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

The Key Tent-Poles of Aaron’s Place

We use multiple approaches to prevent drug use among youth, building on three key areas.


Through social activities that help promote peer and group mentoring.


Through evidence-based educational curriculum developed by mental health professionals.


Through understanding the choices they make and the impact they have.

A Curriculum Based on Understanding

Key to all Aaron’s Place programs is the 7 C’s, which help mentors to guide your child through understanding the effects of their decisions.

Want your child to take part?

Choose between two programs, depending on the age of your child.

A series of weekend camps and family days throughout the year for children ages 9-12.

A series of weekend camps and family days throughout the year for children ages 9-12.

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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