Adolescents Transitioning to Leadership and Success (ATLAS)

ATLAS offers a range of Duke-affiliated services developed to foster resilience and independence in adolescents and young adults with special healthcare needs. Each program aims to help youth thrive as they transition from childhood to adulthood. In addition, ATLAS strives to provide support for parents around this transition. If you have any questions about ATLAS programming, please e-mail or call 919-385-0842.

Please note that to join any of our programs, you will need to speak to a staff member first to determine which program(s) are the best fit and sign a paritcipation agreement.  For the 2021-2022 program year, all programs are virtual unless otherwise noted.

Monthly Programs

Leadership Program

A mentoring program in which middle school students and high school students with chronic health conditions and college student mentors also with chronic conditions meet monthly to share their experiences growing up with chronic illness and pursue leadership development and life success.

Meetings are on Thursday nights from 6-7:30pm. The teen meeting is the first Thursday of the month (2022: Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5, Jun 3), while the parent meeting is the third thursday of the month (2022: Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, Jun 17). Contact for more information or go to the following links to sign up.  

Under 18 participation agreement

Over 18 (mentor and parent) participation agreement

LEAP (Leadership, Experience, Advocacy and Progress) Program

A peer supports program where individuals between the ages of 18-28 who live with chronic health conditions meet regularly to share their experiences as they move towards independence and into adult healthcare.  Meetings will be held the fourth Thursday of the month starting January 2022.  Contact for more information or go to the following links to sign up.  

LEAP Participation agreement


A monthly health and wellness program for young adults ages 18-30 with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families. ATLASfit is meeting virtually now.  If you are interested in ATLASfit, you can complete the participation agreement below.  You must speak to an ATLASfit staff member to make sure it is a good fit before you can attend a meeting.

Participation Agreement (participant and parent same form)

Annual Programs


A 4 day summer leadership program (part camp and part conference) for adolescents and young adults ages with chronic health conditions. This year we plan to hold two campferences, one for age 12-17, one for age 18-26, with two sessions each day, from 2-4pm and from 5:30-7:30pm for 2022. 

Our younger camference (age 12-17) will be held Monday June 20th to Thursday June 24th , and you can sign up at the link below

Our older campference (age 18-26) will be held Monday July 11th to Thursday July 14th, and you can sign up at the link below


ATLAS programming is generously funded by the Pratt Family Foundation, the Duke Hospital Auxiliary, and private donations.

If you would like to support ATLAS programming, including Prom, ATLAS Leadership, ATLASfit, Campference, and more, please click the blue button below. If you have any difficulties with donation website, please contact Morgan Pope at 919-385-3121 or by email.

If you would prefer to send a donation by mail, please address a check to Duke University and list ATLAS (Dr. Maslow) in the memo line. Please mail check to the following address:

             Duke Health Development
             Attn: ATLAS / Morgan Pope
             710 W. Main Street, Suite 200
             Durham, NC 27701



Call (919) 385-0842 or email for more information.

The PrattCARES program is also funded by the Pratt Family Foundation. Learn more here.