Community Resources: LGBTQ+

RISE Program: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Systems of Care

The Los Angeles LGBT Center's ground-breaking, federally-funded RISE (Recognize Intervene Support Empower) initiative initially developed and tested a new service model to reduce the number of LGBTQ+ youth in long-term foster care and help them find loving, permanent homes. The model works with youth, parents, caregivers, and child welfare professionals to combat the heterosexism and anti-LGBT bias that too frequently result in the mistreatment and abuse of LGBTQ+ youth and by reforming policies and practices that aren’t sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ+ youth.

(323) 860-3608

The Youth Center on Highland

1220 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90038
(323) 860-3634

The Youth Center was opened in 1997 to help homeless and at risk LGBTQ youth, ages 14 to 24 years old. It serves as an entry point to assist homeless youth in making the transition from the streets into independent living as well as to create a comfortable space to socialize with other LGBTQ youth in a safe and affirming environment. Basic life sustaining and recreational services are provided, such as:

  • GED Preparation
  • Case Management
  • Food
  • Clothing and Laundry Services
  • Employment Services
  • Counseling and Support Groups
  • Showers and Hygiene
  • Computer lab
  • HIV Testing and Counseling
  • Recreational Activities
  • Housing Referrals
  • Art/Music Groups

Los Angeles LGBT Center (multiple locations)

Services for Homeless and At-Risk Youth

  • Emergency Overnight Beds, Transitional Living & Supportive Beds: (323) 860-2280
  • Street Smart HIV Prevention & Education Program: (323)860-2213
  • GED/Education: (323) 860-3677 or 3671
  • Youth Employment: (323) 860-2295 or 3639
  • Senior-Youth Photo Project: (323) 993-7450

Penny Lane TAY Drop-In Centers

5628 E. Slauson Ave
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 480-9296

43520 Division St.
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 266-4783 Office

With a Little Help From My Friends and Yellow Submarine Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Drop-in Center are the latest addition to the Penny Lane Family. We are dedicated to providing a safe space for youth ages 16-25 within SPA 1 and SPA 7 within Los Angeles County. Our mission is to assist and foster success for those who are LGBTQ identified or questioning, foster youth, and/or experiencing homelessness between the ages of 16-25 by creating a safe space for youth to achieve and prosper.

By creating a safe space and providing resources, we can help foster new hope and goals that are achievable through our program. Our drop-in centers will be open Tuesday – Friday from 1PM—7PM and Saturday’s from 8AM—8 PM in Commerce or Lancaster.

Some of the services provided are:

Creative Strengths-Based Support Groups, HIV/STI Education and Testing (provided by JWCH Institute) Showers and Laundromat, Games and Socialization, snacks and hot meals, Job Prep Workshops, Resume Building, Internet Access, Employment Goal Setting, and Job Experience/Internship.

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach

2017 East 4th Street
Long Beach CA 90814
(562) 434-4455

Mon-Fri: 10am to 9pm • Sat: 10am to 4pm • Sun: Closed

LGBTQ+ Youth Resources NEW

Youth & Family Services Factsheet NEW

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach is dedicated to providing quality services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer (LGBTQ) youth and their caregivers.

Services include:

  • Social and Support Groups
  • Case Management for Transitional Age Youth (18-25)
    • TAY Drop-in Hours: Tues 11AM-1PM | Thurs 7PM-9PM | Sat 10AM-12PM
    • Contact: / 562-434-4455 ext.225
  • Advocacy & Education

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Center for Transyouth Health and Development
5000 Sunset Blvd.
4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 361-5372

The Center for Transyouth Health and Development promotes healthy futures for transyouth by providing services, research, training and capacity building that is developmentally informed, affirmative, compassionate and holistic for gender non-conforming children and transyouth.

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