Gangs and youth violence continue to be a growing concern in Los Angeles. The Salvation Army's youth programs address these issues by serving as an oasis for children in troubled neighborhoods. By working with teens and pre-teens, our staff is committed to helping children overcome adversity and extricate them from the cycle of violence.
Children in Los Angeles urban communities are facing a number of obstacles including poverty, violence, overcrowded and failing schools, as well as temptation of drugs and illegal activities. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, youth who are supervised and involved in structured activities are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as abusing drugs & alcohol, and carrying weapons, than unengaged youth.
Youth Centers and After School Programs
The Salvation Army's youth programs provide low-income under served-children and their families with a supportive structured program to help them make positive life choices and become productive adults. The youth served by these programs are encouraged to participate in a variety of sports, clubs and other activities. Children also have the opportunity to explore their talents in dance, art and music. Finally, our staff work one-on-one with children to provide homework assistance and counseling, in addition to encouraging parents to take an active role in their children's lives. Programs include Hollywood Weingart Center, South LA, Siemon Center, LA Red Shield, Glendale the Zone, and Henley Youth Center in Tustin Ranch.
Licensed Child Care Programs
The Salvation Army offers licensed pre-school and after-school services in Santa Barbara, Torrance, Santa Fe Springs, West Los Angeles, Pomona, South Los Angeles, Tustin Ranch and Central Los Angeles.