For any youth or adult in need of supportive services, 211 LA County provides free, confidential information and services. Available referrals include: shelter, employment, food, health and wellness, education, legal, and domestic violence services among others.
■ Phone Number: 211
■ Chat option available on website
California Coalition for Youth
Statewide emergency response system for youth (ages 12-24) and families in crisis with access to over 5,500 free or low-cost resources for youth and families in crisis
■ Phone Number: 800-843-5200
■ 24/7 Crisis Hotline available for text or call
■ Website: https://calyouth.org/cycl/
■ Chat option available on website
■ Main Office: PO Box 161448, Sacramento, CA 95816
Job Corp offers approximately 400 homeless and at-risk youth ages 16-24 career training and includes the teaching of academic, vocational, work, and social skills through a combination of classroom and practical-based learning experiences to prepare youth for stable, long-term, high-paying jobs. Youth choose from over 30 vocational trades while receiving health care, substance free residential living, mentoring and case management services. Services offered: educational assistance, job training, career counseling, job placement, transitional housing, GED, case management, health, and life skills.
■ Phone Number: 800-733-5627
■ Website: https://www.jobcorps.gov/students
■ Main Office: 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Ste. N4463, Washington, DC 20210
Health Insurance Former Foster Youth
For former foster youth up to age 26 who were in care at age 18 – FFCC Program offers FREE Medi-cal health insurance.
■ Phone Number: 877-597-4777
National Runaway Safeline
The mission of the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is to keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.
■ Phone Number: 800-786-2929
■ Chat option available at: https://www.1800runaway.org/youth-teens/get-help#get-help-call
■ Website: https://www.1800runaway.org
■ Main Office: 3141 B N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
Teenline is a confidential telephone helpline for teenagers callers ages 12-25. It operates every evening and is toll-free from anywhere in California. Peer counselors also respond to text messages between 5:30-9:30pm. Online message board and educational materials available on suicide, eating disorders, being gay, cutting, and relationships.
■ Phone Number: 800-852-8336
■ Text TEEN to 839863
■ Website: https://www.teenlineonline.org
■ Main Office: Cedars-Sinai, P.O. Box 48750 Los Angeles, CA 90048-0750
The JED Foundation
Mission is to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. JED partners with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems.
■ Phone Number: 800-273-8255
■ Text START to 741-741
■ Website: https://www.jedfoundation.org
■ Main Office: PO Box 60174, Brooklyn, NY 11206
This campaign creates a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourages them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.
■ Website: http://ok2talk.org
Youth Emerging Stronger (YES)
24/7 comprehensive support and resources for minor runaways homeless youth (age 12-17) and young people experiencing homelessness (age 18-24). LGBTQ+ affirming.
■ Phone Number: 323-240-2253
■ Main Office: PO Box 988, Los Angeles, CA 90028