LA Youth Network

The Los Angeles Youth Network’s mission is to empower abused, neglected and homeless adolescents to become self-sufficient. We do this by providing street outreach, food, emergency shelter, a transitional living program, and educational enrichment programs in a safe and nurturing environment.

History: LAYN was founded in 1985 as a pilot program through the High Risk Youth Project at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, spurred by the passing of the California Homeless Youth Act. When it first opened, LAYN existed as an emergency shelter during nighttime hours. By 1989, LAYN had acquired a facility that was equipped to offer both emergency shelter and drop-in services.

From 1989-2001, The US Department of Health and Human Services requested that LAYN provide training and technical assistance to other shelter providers in the region.

• In 1991, LAYN began to offer Street Outreach services to directly connect with vulnerable youth on the streets.
• In 1994, LAYN was honored as a model program through the Price Waterhouse Evaluation of Homelessness and California Youth and Family Programs, a national assessment of shelter programs for runaway, homeless youth.
• In 2000, LAYN purchased a 12-bed long-term group home and a 6-bed emergency group home to meet the urgent need for housing for homeless, runaway, and foster youth
• In 2006, LAYN celebrated its 20th anniversary.
• In 2007, LAYN added a transitional living program to meet the needs of transitional age runaway, homeless youth 16-21.

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