CHYP is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization
that provides educational resources, peer connection, and exposure to creative healing experiences using a fully online platform to bridge the gap between common healthcare barriers such as cost, geographic location, and long wait times for appointments with doctors.

CHYP's Founder, Lonnie Zeltzer, M.D.,
is an internationally recognized pain clinician, Immediate Past-Director of the UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program, and an Emerita Distinguished Research Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

The Problem

Youth suffering from chronic pain often hear they are “seeking attention,” “faking,” or “crazy.” In turn, the teen begins to believe this, while still suffering from pain.

3 out of 10

U.S. teens have
chronic pain


of teens will continue to experience pain into adulthood if not addressed in adolescence


is the average
number of doctors visits for a teen who joins CHYP

YOU are not alone!

CHYP serves youth between the ages of 13-24 who are experiencing pain, feelings of isolation, and loneliness.

CHYP’s goal is to help youth alter pain signals by rewiring the brain’s own circuits using the creative brain. Science shows that using the brain in creative ways alters pain signals more than most medications. By strengthening the mind/body connection, you can actually teach your brain to turn off your pain signals.

Youth Gallery


Created by: Charley

This CHYP artisist enjoys using ArtThread Foundation's online artmaking tool, Splas…

Crocheted Octopi

Created by: Ella The inspiration behind this particular work was to make something small and cute for kids and teens…


Created by: Anonymous

Created during CHYP Summer Camp 2023

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