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In a society where many young men and women live with their parents well into their 20s, there are thousands of homeless youth --- approximately 9,000 in Los Angeles County --- who quickly learn from a young age that they are their own responsibility. For them, moving from abandonment and rejection to support and a safe place to live can make all the difference for a future free from homelessness.

At 17, Teddy was kicked out of his parents’ home, with nowhere else to go. After his mom remarried, he says their relationship went from bad to worse.

“There was constant fighting and she saw me more as a babysitter for my younger siblings than as her son with his own dreams and aspirations,” said Teddy. “One day, I came home and she had packed up my bags and told me to get out.”

Alone and confused, Teddy stayed at a friend’s house for a few days before heading to Los Angeles in search of a better life. “Reality hit hard,” he said. “I spent the next year looking for work while living in four shelters, two hotels and couch surfing.” For Teddy, life became all about surviving.

Fortunately, a friend told Teddy about the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN). He was quickly accepted into LAYN’s Transitional Living Program (TLP), and credits the organization with, “giving me the chance and the tools for a better future when no one else would.”

 

For more than three decades, LAYN has been a place of restoration and support for hundreds of youth who find themselves in similar situations.

 

During his stay, at LAYN, Teddy was able to obtain his GED, learn computer skills and complete an internship at a local production studio.

“I am so thankful for my time at LAYN,” shared Teddy. “This experience has really made me want to give back in some way.”

A passionate and creative individual, giving back is exactly what Teddy has planned by producing community outreach projects focused on the triumphs and challenges of homeless youth.

If you would like to help youth like Teddy get a hand-up from their circumstance with the support they need to stop the cycle of homelessness, contact the Los Angeles Youth Network Development Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (323) 467-8466. You can also make an online donation, when you click here.

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