About Aaron's Place: Exchange

Based in central Indiana, APEX is a year-round, free addiction and drug prevention and mentoring program for teens ages 13-18, affected by the substance use disorder of a family member. 

CoHatch Broad Ripple
6151 Central Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Led by professionals

in mental health and mentors trained in substance misuse prevention

After-school program

Once per month, 4:00–7:00 pm, with curriculum starting at 5:00–5:30 pm

Free to participate

all program materials are provided at no cost to participants

What does the APEX curriculum look like?

APEX is led by mental health professionals and adult mentors trained in substance abuse prevention and includes educational support sessions and social time. The program takes place after school from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Curriculum will start at 5:00 – 5:30 pm to allow plenty of time for participants to arrive after school. We begin each session with an hour and a half of prevention and mentoring curriculum. The remaining time is spent on homework support and socializing.

Removing barriers to teen prevention

While the camp experience is provided at no-cost to participate, we understand that not everyone is in a position to be able to allocate resources toward supplies. 

We will provide a meal and snacks at each session, any supplies necessary to participate, and can provide transportation assistance. If you have any concerns about barriers to participating, please reach out to our staff, so we can navigate solutions.

Join APEX today

To register your teen or become a mentor, please fill out an application by clicking the respective button below.

All applications and any questions about this program should be addressed to:

Leah Edge-Reetz
Director of Youth Programming



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Overdose Lifeline has been providing services for youth and families experiencing issues such as addiction, poverty, abuse and mental health for over a decade. We recognize the following questions may be sensitive information to share, but this will help us plan and prepare a program that will benefit all youth. In the event of current abuse of any type, Overdose Lifeline staff are mandated reporters.

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Mentor Application

Thank you for your interest in the Teen Program! The Teen Program is a mentoring, educational, and support program for teens ages 13-18 who have been affected by the substance use disorder of a family member. The Teen Program is yearlong. It includes monthly after-school sessions held on Thursday evenings. The Teen Program follows a group and peer mentoring model. All teens and mentors make a one-year commitment to participate in the program. Mentors must attend at least eight sessions per year.

Screening Process

1. Submit an application.

2. Provide at least two references and participate in a phone/in-person interview.

3. Attend and participate in 3-hours of training each year.

Application Information



The Teen Program requires at least two references for all applicants. One of the references must be a professional reference. Please feel free to provide any additional references to help us ensure the completion of your application in a timely manner.


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