About this resource

The Los Angeles LGBT Center's RISE (Recognize, Intervene, Support, Empower) youth and family services program provides comprehensive support and direct services to child/youth, parent/caregiver, and child welfare professionals.  The program utilizes strength-based strategies to support the positive identity development of LGBTQ+ youth, provide LGBTQ+ education and support to families and caregivers, and develop a network of supportive adults that demonstrate awareness, support, and affirmation of their child or youth’s LGBTQ+ identity.


LGBTQ+ youth, ages 5 to 17, in Los Angeles County who are:

  • Involved with the child welfare or juvenile probation system; or
  • Living at home and experiencing family conflict related to their sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression (SOGIE)

Who can refer youth to RISE?

Children and youth can self-refer or be referred by a professional (social worker, clinician, etc.), family member, or friend.