Counseling Resources
Wellnest– This organization empowers children, adolescents and young adults to get on track to success – to reach goals in school, build healthy relationships, and enjoy emotional well-being. Their team of compassionate professionals offers behavioral counseling and support to individuals and families. Available at various locations. Please visit their site, wellnestla.org/contact/ for the location closest to you.

Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
FREE THERAPY ONLINE

Available Nationally:

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline – This organization provides confidential support for adults and youth in distress, including prevention and crisis resources. Available 24 hours at 1-800-273-8255.
  • The Trevor Project – This organization provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 24.  Available at 1-866-488-7386 or visit https://www.thetrevorproject.org/.
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America – This organization is a community- based mentorship program. Community-specific program information can be found online at https://www.bbbs.org or by calling (813) 720-8778.

Anti-Bullying/Anti-Discrimination Resources

Other Resources
211la.org

Use this site to find resources available in Los Angeles county that can help support your family. There are community based organizations in the county that can help with food, housing and other resources. There is also information on how to connect you with education and child care for your family, as well as family-friendly activities.

Starting Smarter for the CAASPP

Starting Smarter for the ELPAC

 These family-focused websites provide resources to facilitate parents’/guardians’ understanding of the scores presented on their child’s Student Score Reports. Using these websites, families can become involved in their child’s educational progress and:

  • Learn more about the performance areas in each subject and grade.
  • See sample test questions.
  • Prepare for parent-teacher conferences with a useful downloadable guide.
  • Access high-quality resources to support learning at home.

Gang Prevention Resources
GRYD

The GRYD Foundation believes that every youth, regardless of race, gender or geography, should have the resources, opportunities, and systems to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

Human Trafficking Prevention Resources
211LA
Youth.gov
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
Netsmartz
Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Registry
Office Of Juvenile Justice
A Child is Missing
Family Watchdog
The Children’s Safety Network
The National Criminal Justice Training Center

Teen Talk/Health Connected Curriculum
Health Connected strives to ensure all young people feel confident and supported to make informed decisions about their own sexual health. This requires honest, unbiased, medically accurate information. It also requires a safe place for teens to articulate their values and ample opportunities to engage with the adults in their lives about sexual health.

As with all of Health Connected’s courses, this curriculum is medically-accurate, free of racial and ethnic biases, is designed to be in compliance with California Education Code requirements and aligned with applicable California Health Education content standards. Teen Talk!

High school course is designed to equip high school students with a knowledge and skills necessary to make informed sexual health decisions as they progress through adolescence to explore their independence and personal growth.

Teen Talk HS lessons are consistent with youth culture today. The curriculum was designed for youth in diverse racial and ethnic groups. Teen Talk HS is appropriate for youth considered “at high risk” for STIs/pregnancy, as well as youth who live in countries with lower rates of STIs and teen pregnancy.

In the sessions covering sexual harassment and human trafficking, we provide legal definitions of sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and human trafficking, and provide statistics on the incidence these crimes. Providing these definitions to students ensures that they are well-informed about legal boundaries, for themselves, their partners, and their peers. These topics are required to be covered by California Education Code, however some scenarios provided may not be appropriate for the class, depending on the maturity level, their existing knowledge base, and community norms.

In addressing gender-based violent crimes, it’s important to have discussions throughout Teen Talk about gender stereotypes of men and women. Cultural and social norms of men and women often result in unequal power in relationships, which is a contributing factor to sexually violent crimes. This discussion about gender norms and stereotypes are in important component of this topic because they allow students to explore how to respond to sexual violence and seek consent.

These topics can be difficult for people to discuss. We have intentionally used the term “survivor” instead of “victim” to refer to the individual who had a sexual crime committed against them. The term “survivor” suggests that an individual who has experienced such a crime still maintains agency in their own life – the ability to interpret and communicate about the experience in their own way.