Life Skills and Mental Health Services


This program covers employment, housing, and money management for foster youth and other at-risk youth from the South Los Angeles area. Their focus is to encourage each teen to develop dreams and goals for their own future. Youth will learn how to look for a job, write a resume, fill out applications, and what to expect, including how to act, in a job interview. They will also learn how to find an apartment, what is important to look for in an apartment and/or roommate, and what the responsibilities are when signing a lease. Finally, they will learn the many aspects of managing their money including budgeting, saving, banking, planning ahead, and tips for saving when shopping.

Street Poets

Street Poets is a non-profit poetry-based peace-making organization dedicated to the creative process as a force for individual and community transformation.

Their mission is: 

TO INSPIRE  at-risk youth in the juvenile detention facilities, schools and streets of Los Angeles County to discover and develop their voices as writers, artists and human beings;

TO EMPOWER  these young people to use the skills and increased self-awareness engendered through the arts to transcend self-destructive lifestyles;

TO CREATE  a healing community that unites different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic segments of the city around the transformational power of the creative process.

Street Poets holds weekly workshops at their office (Seeking Peace, Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. and Studio Recording Sessions, Fridays 4-7 p.m.), probation camps and at public and alternative high schools in Los Angeles.  In the last three years, they've produced 4 CDs of music and poetry by our youth.  You can download tracks from these CDs on their website.

Teen Web/My Life Careers

Looking for a job or a career in something you're really interested in? Maybe you're just looking to volunteer somewhere? This is a good place to start your search.

Teen Web/My Life Health 

If you have questions about your health, this link at your local library might help you find the answer you're looking for. 

Teen Web/My Life Personal Problems

Are you struggling with some personal questions?  Visit this link; there are some folks working with your local library that might be able to help you out.

United Job Creation Council

Want help learning how to solve problems and become more self-aware? UJCC can help if you are between the ages of 17 -24 and live in the areas of Inglewood, Lennox, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, Carson, or the West Athens district of Los Angeles. Complete their 30-hour training and receive a $25 stipend! Contact (323) 432-3976.

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Youth Empowerment Strategies for SuccessIndependent Living Program (YESS-ILP)

Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS) is a comprehensive and integrated program that unites community partners and academic leaders to empower foster youth to successfully transition into independent living. The YESS program provides services that focus on life skills training and academic performance with the objective of achieving self-sufficiency.

The YESS-ILP Program offers a series of workshops/resources for foster students ages 16-21 to develop life skills and learn about our academic/vocational programs.

YESS-ILP participants:

      • Learn how to navigate the opportunities at the Compton Center

      • Earn college units

      • Make-up high school credits

      • Learn about the financial aid process focusing on foster youth

      • Receive information on student services like EOP&S, Transfer Center, and Cal Works

      • Receive assistance with earning a high school diploma

      • Earn job skills and job training

      • Receive employment counseling and exploration

      • Learn how to transition into independent living

      • Enjoy a host field trips, guest speakers and prizes

Participants will get refreshments, a t-shirt, book bag, and school supplies. If a student completes the YESS-ILP program and registers as a full-time Compton Center student (12 units or more) the student will be eligible for a Student Ambassador Job.

For further information, contact: Ricky Shabazz at 310.900.1600 ext 2763.