Leaving a Legacy

Hope Center for Teens

At this moment, the state of foster care within Los Angeles is in the spotlight, particularly with regard to high-risk youth and teens. Lacking adequate resources, these youth have been locked in a spiral of systematic neglect that has resulted in a growing number of youth failed foster placements every year and insufficient care for children in crisis.

We are now building our newest program, the Hope Center for Teens, to focus attention on these high-risk youth and to bring together all of the services urgently needed to keep them safe and help them
successfully transition into adulthood.

In Los Angeles County, there are an estimated 250-300 Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth; most new recruits are foster girls under 12.
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VIP needs to raise over $400,000 to complete our Hope Center for Teens, but we want to try a different approach to giving. Donors to the Hope Center for Teens are encouraged to make their contribution in honor of their children or a child in their life, keeping the focus on the fragile and special population this center will serve.

 

VIP is requesting donors to sponsor critical areas within the center, including:

 

Outdoor Plaza and Entry Way $250,000
The Outdoor Recreational and Family Area in the front of the Hope Center for Teens will provide a green space for youth and their families to be together and will also offer a community garden for youth coming to the Center.

Grand VIP Family Meeting Room – RESERVED – Paul Marciano & Mareva Georges

Nutritional Classroom & Prep Kitchen – $75,000
Equipped with industrial grade kitchen equipment, the Nutritional Classroom and Prep Kitchen will provide a space to teach foster teens about the importance of nutrition and the valuable living skills necessary to navigate a kitchen and cook healthy meals.

Technology Center – $50,000
Furnished with brand new computers, the Technology Center will offer foster teens a gateway to employment, education, and allow them to foster the computer skills necessary for any modern workplace.

Life Skills Classroom – $45,000
The Life Skills Classroom will provide a safe and engaging space for foster youth to learn basic life and vocational skills, such as budgeting, establishing a bank account, interpersonal skills, interviewing, etc.

Education Pathway – $35,000
For many teens in foster care, education becomes a low priority. In our Education Pathway, we aim to provide teens with the tools for academic success, including tutoring and support to complete high school, GED completion courses, and college preparation and enrollment assistance.

Teen Arts and Activities Room – RESERVED – The Wasserman Foundation

LGBTQ Safe Space Commons – RESERVED – Linda Tatum

VIP Staff Lounge & Quiet Space – $20,000
Staff at the Violence Intervention Program have a difficult, yet rewarding, occupation. Just as we care for the vulnerable youth we serve, we also know that our staff cannot do their jobs well if they are not also cared for. The VIP Staff Lounge will create a relaxing space where staff can reflect individually and recharge in a quiet and healthy environment.

Gender Neutral Bathroom & Locker Room – $10,000
The foster system impacts youth from all backgrounds. We want to ensure that all youth who come to our Center feel safe, welcome, and comfortable, regardless of their gender expression.

Group Study Room (2) – $10,000 ea.
While some children might respond best to individualized therapies, others require group sessions with other youth who they can relate to.  These Group Study Rooms will provide a space for groups to come together informally and allow youth to develop a network of their peers.

Resource Connection Office (3) – $10,000 ea.
Our Resource Connection Offices will aim to reestablish a youth’s connection to community by providing them with access to case management and DCFS social workers, identifying housing options, facilitating Medi-Cal enrollment, substance-abuse counseling, and traditional and vocational mentoring programs.

Private Therapy Room (4 Remaining!) – $5,000 ea.
Research has shown that many mental health issues begin to manifest during the teenage years that can result from multiple failed placements in foster care. VIP’s expert team of therapists will provide teens with individualized crisis intervention, mental health assessments, and ongoing therapy.

Donor Recognition Wall – $1,000+
Donations of $1,000 and over will be recognized on a beautiful donor wall, visible within the entrance of the Teen Center’s lobby area. All donations, large or small, are vital to the success of this new project.

If you, your foundation, or business would like to sponsor one of the spaces listed above or have questions about the project, please contact us at

HopeCenter@vip-cmhc.org or (323) 221-4134 x 123.

Support the Hope Center
900 foster children in Los Angeles County deemed high-risk
require placements with one-on-one supervision.
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Friends,

Teens in foster care are in crisis and it’s time they were given a way out. With the creation of our Hope Center for Teens, foster youth who are struggling will have a resource that meets their unique and diverse needs, allowing them to achieve success and eventually independence. With your help, we can build this center and stem the flow of foster youth who are slipping through the cracks, feeling hopeless and alone.

I hope I can count on your support in helping me finish this vital new building and continue to strengthen our ability to care for all victims of abuse and neglect in Los Angeles.

With Love,

 

Astrid