TALC stands for The Adolescent Leadership Council.
TALC is a group for teenagers ages 13-18 with chronic illnesses. TALC also has programming for the parents of TALC teens. New members join throughout the year. The TALC teen and parent groups meet once a month. TALC also features an annual team building activity, an annual overnight camp and occasional social events.
TALC holds their monthly meetings at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital in the Gerry House. TALC’s annual camp is held on a college campus. Other events held within the greater Providence area.
TALC is upheld by grants, donations and sponsorships. These allow the TALC monthly meetings and events to be completely free for families. If you’re interested in donating to TALC, contact the program manager.
TALC meetings tend to focus on preparing children with medical illness for the future. TALC teens are separated from their parents at the beginning of the meeting, In the leadership council, teens focus on a specific topic related to illness for discussion, then participate in an interactive skill-building activity. Leadership projects are also undertaken. The teens choose which skills and projects they will undertake. College mentors who live with chronic illness help to run the group. The parents sit in a nearby room and discuss their own, often parallel, topic. Dinner is provided.
TALC is run by the Program Manager and medical residents in the Triple board program (combined training in Psychiatry, Child psychiatry and Pediatrics.) The TALC curriculum, including the topics for each meeting, are decided by TALC staff, medical students, undergraduate mentors and the teen participants at the first meeting of the year.