Everything about allcove—its name, its services, and even the look and feel of its centers—was designed with, by and for youth. We believe that they are the ultimate experts in their own lives, and so we try to co-create every touchpoint of the experience with them.
allcove centers are designed to adapt to whatever a young person’s individual comfort zone might be. Because emotions are fluid and exist on a spectrum, allcove centers offers young people the choice between open and private spaces, in-person or digital orientations, and opportunities for therapy as well as supportive conversations.
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allcove centers welcome youth ages 12 to 25.
When you enter an allcove center, you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff and given a tablet to check in. You will be able to check in to drop-in services, an appointment you have that day, or just decide to tour the space.
Services at allcove centers are free or low cost. We will always confirm this before the appointment is made. allcove services are not billed to insurance providers.
Local Youth Advisory Groups ensure that young peoples' needs, experiences and opinions are at the core of the allcove experience. Each Youth Advisory Group is composed of 12–15 young people between the ages of 16–25, who are diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, lived experience, ability, and socioeconomic status. Youth advisors are the community voice that guide and provide feedback on allcove policy, structure and services.
If you’re interested in de-stigmatizing mental health in your community and helping make allcove a better place, learn more about becoming a Youth Advisory Group member.
Each center's counselors, advisors, staff and doctors treat youth with all the dignity and kindness that young people deserve. They deliver professional advice and care in approachable and relatable ways that make young people feel safe and welcomed, regardless of what their visit is about.
Stanford’s Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, in collaboration with many youth co-creators, partners and supporters, has brought the first allcove centers to life in the United States. Inspired and supported by our partners and friends at headspace in Australia, Foundry and Frayme in Canada, and other international collaborators, we are excited to support youth and families, schools, communities, counties, and others in making this model a reality in California. We are especially grateful for the collaboration and support of these organizations.