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Many of us remember what it was like to attend our first school dance, prom, or homecoming. The hours of stress to find the right dress or the perfect matching tie, trying to remember your best dance moves, and the anticipation of the crowning of a king and queen made for a night of building great memories.

 Last week, the staff at the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) helped the youth we serve forget their worries for a few hours and prepare for a typical teenage milestone: PROM!

Staff spent Friday afternoon at the inaugural LAYN Throw Back Prom. The event was complete with tie-tying lessons, learning how to create boutonnieres and corsages, and constructing Prom King and Queen crowns.

 

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“Many of our youth never thought they would be able to attend prom,” said Jazmine Wilson, LAYN Education Specialist. “We created this event to help them overcome their fears and apprehensions. The idea was to have a “practice prom,” so they are prepared for the real thing.”

LAYN staff joined in on the fun, sharing their own prom stories, throwback photos and even dressing up for the occasion. In all the youth left excited about the upcoming festivities.

“I finally know how to tie a tie,” exclaimed Jacob, a 17-year-old male youth in LAYN’s Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program. “No one has ever showed me how to do that.”

 

 Visit our Facebook page to see more photos! 

If you’d like to donate items essential to a youth’s prom, please contact the Development Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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HELP HOMELESS YOUTH LEAVE HOMELESSNESS BEHIND FOR GOOD
 
The Los Angeles Youth Network has acquired new scattered-site apartmentsand will be increasing the number of Transitional Age Youth (TAY) we serve. 
 
Through our Transitional Living Program (TLP), 26 homeless youth, ages 18-24, will receive stable housing, employment and educational assistance, and have access to mental health services.
 
We need your help to make sure these youth have what they need!
 
help furnish a youth's apartment today!
 
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Each year, the Los Angeles Youth Network serves hundreds of youth experiencing some level of trauma outside the classroom. 
 
Many of the homeless and foster youth we serve, lack the basic, needed materials for academic achievement and other areas of development due to homelessness, escaping violence or non-parental support. 
 
For most youth, just being able to go to school with a new backpack filled with supplies is sometimes all they need to stay on track. 
 
Beginning July 24, you can help the Los Angeles Youth Network set the academic tone for the 2017-2018 school-year, by donating supplies to our Back-to-School drive.
 
The items listed above, can be purchased from our Amazon Wishlist or dropped off to our administration building, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. You can also make a donation, online, to purchase school supplies, and more. 
 
 
Thank you to all our donors who donate year round to support the basic needs of our youth!  

Last year, LAYN was awarded a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The organization was so impressed with us, that they decided to feature LAYN in a two-part case study. Click the links below to read up on how LAYN addresses sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE). 

The Essential Philosophy of Serving Youth with Diverse SOGIE Part I 

The Essential Philosophy of Serving Youth with Diverse SOGIE Part II 

 

 

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Join the Los Angeles Youth Network at the Key of Hope Gala on September 23, 2017 as we honor Key of Hope Award recipient, Stuart Bell, partner at Growing Generations. We are also excited to announce The Chainsmokers as Gala ambassadors and honorary co-chairs.

Click here to visit our events page and find out how you can attend the event, donate a silent auction item or become a sponsor.

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