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Welcome to the Youth Center on Highland

If you are one of the thousands of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning young people without a home, the Youth Center on Highland can help. Operated by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, our youth center offers you employment training and job placement, showers, hot meals and more.  






A Welcoming Place…

At the Youth Center on Highland, you can get help earning your GED (high school equivalency diploma), look for a job, get tested for HIV or other STDs, attend workshops and so much more.


Youth Center on Highland
1220 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038 

Call 323-860-2280
or send e-mail to



8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Case Mangement
Our case manager will work with you on any issue you may have. If we can’t help, we’ll help you find someone who can.

Starting into a case plan is step one into getting into our transitional-living program for LGBT youth 18-24 years old.

Contact Simon J. Sailer for more information.

The free GED Preparation Program is self-paced and provides one-on-one tutoring in a home-like environment. This program is free, and financial assistance may also be given for the cost of taking the GED tests.

Already graduated from high school? The Education Center also works with pre-college and college students. We can help with school applications or financial aid forms.

Contact Renée Bever for more information.

Looking for work is difficult, and looking for a career can be even more challenging. Our Career Development Program will work with you to develop an awesome resume, sharpen your interview skills and link you to great job opportunities. 

Contact Sarah Hyland for more information.

If you have questions about safer sex or need to be tested for HIV and STDs, contact James Moran about the Youth Center’s HIV Prevention & Education program. The program includes individual and group counseling focused on HIV Prevention & Education.

Hot Breakfast
Every morning at 8:30 a.m., a hot breakfast starts your day right. Our menu includes: pancakes, French toast, omelets, breakfast burritos, ham & eggs, cold cereal, milk and juice.

Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and includes your choice of a meat sandwich or PB&J, potato chips, a snack choice of cookies, yogurt, pudding or granola bar and juice.

On weekends, lunch is at 1 p.m. and includes either roast chicken, Salisbury steak, roast beef or meatloaf served with vegetables and either rice or potatoes, chips, juice and dessert.

Dinner is served at 4:45 p.m. on weekdays and includes either roast chicken, Salisbury steak, roast beef or meatloaf served with vegetables and either rice or potatoes, chips, juice and dessert.

Emergency Clothing
Two times a day, we open up the closet and provide you with clothing donated by the community and/or purchased by the Center.

FREE Laundry
First thing in the morning, you can wash your clothes in our laundry room for free, with detergent provided.

Everything you need to freshen up is available: shampoo, conditioner, body wash and towels.

Support Groups
Daily support groups cover diverse needs within the LGBT community. Click here for a group schedule.

DVD Day Room
When you are taking a break from your work or waiting to start a project, you can enjoy watching a movie or TV show in our day room.

Lending Library
The Youth Center has a library with an eclectic variety of books that you can borrow or keep.

Computer & FREE Internet Access
In the library, you can use high-speed internet to check your e-mail, look for a job and look up local hangouts.

Arts & Crafts
If you like to draw, paint, and create, you’ll find the art supplies you need in the art room. Once a week, an art instructor teaches a new art project.

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Tel: 323-993-7400
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is a 501 c3 registered non-profit.