The Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation is a strong supporter of LAYN. Long-time LAYN board member, Diana Buckhantz, the Foundation’s Executor, was drawn to the organization because of LAYN’s mission to provide youth with the tools they need to lead healthy, hopeful and self-sufficient lives.

"As the Mother of a 25-year-old son, I know how important nurturing and support is to a young person’s development,” said Buckhantz.  

Read more: Introducing the Vladimir and Araxia Buckhantz Foundation


Kennedy, 19, was adopted at age five from an orphanage in Kazakhstan. Jaden, 18, grew up in New Englad and came out as trans in his early teens to his family. They share two common experiences: each was homeless and each is transgender. Click the link below to read the full KCET article. 

Homeless and Transgender: Searching for Shelter and Acceptance by Lata Pandya for KCET

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For youth, summer is the time of year they look forward to. But, for the homeless and foster youth at LAYN, this highly anticipated break can be very stressful. That's why we do all we can to ensure that our youth experience unique, affordable and enriching activities. Your investment, financial or in-kind, to LAYN helps provide our youth the summer of a lifetime. 

Donate $25, $50, $100 or $200 to our summer fund. Have access to movie tickets --- we'd love those too! 

Contact the Development Department at (323) 467-8466 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information. 



Every year June marks the official start of Gay Pride. As the CEO/President of the Los Angeles Youth Network it is not only important to show support of the youth we serve but celebrate their diversity. Nationally, 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. While this number is staggering, LAYN is here to accept all youth no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. Not only do LGBTQ youth face violence or the threat of violence if they come out, but 40% of transgender individuals attempt suicide at least once in their lifetime.

Read more: The Los Angeles Youth Network Joined Thousands in West Hollywood for Inaugural Resist March

In early April, I had the opportunity to attend the California Coalition for Youth's (CCY) Taking Action Conference 2017 in Sacramento with two youth from LAYN. This two-day conference goal is to empower youth, youth advocates, and staff and leadership with strategies to create change and improve the lives of California's disconnected, runaway and homeless youth.

Read more: Los Angeles Youth Network Director of Support Services, Amanda Yard, Leads Charge through...

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