TAY (Transitional Aged Youth) Homeless Drop-In Centers
TAY Drop-In Centers are safe places for youth ages 16-25 to receive basic needs like: hygiene products, shower, food, bus passes, and laundry services.
TAY Drop-In Centers also provide linkage to mental health, housing, and employment services, LGBTQ+ Support groups and social groups, HIV Education and testing.
Our TAY Drop-In Centers are currently located in Commerce and Antelope Valley
Penny Lane Center’s Embracing Identities program is designed to help meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ Transitional Age Youth (TAY) population (ages 16-25 years old). The program has three areas of focus:
- Create training programs for service providers, county and city departments, schools, and others who support our youth.
- Creating support/informational groups for TAY and their caregivers. Linking TAY to needed supports and resources that are accepting of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions.
- Provides support/informational groups for LGBTQ+ youth ages 16-25, where topics such as the coming-out process, identity, and intimate partner violence can be discussed in a safe space. Also Support groups for families.
In our North Hills location, we have created a safe space where all people can bring their authentic selves and feel safe, welcome and included. The LGBTQ+ Safe Space Socials aim to increase individuals’ awareness, knowledge and coping skills. We also address the challenges that exist when one wants to advocate for themselves and/or their LGBTQ+ peers, family members, friends, and coworkers. The Safe Space Socials are free for any youth in the Los Angeles County to attend.
Our One-on-One Mentoring Program offers LGBTQ+ youth the opportunity to be matched with a professional who will guide them in achieving goals in our five achievement areas: home, health, education, career, and personal development. We train each Mentor with skills to be there for their youth - not as parents or authority figures, but as people who support them in reaching their set-goals and aspirations. The life long bond between a mentee-mentor begins with a commitment in our program and continues as friends for life. Mentors and Mentee meet at 1-2 times a month and are encouraged to communicate (by phone, email, text, etc.) once a week.