Children's Institute, Inc.

Children's Institute, Inc.

Children's Institute is 107 years old and has developed an integrated service model designed to support the whole child, from birth to young adult, as well as entire families, through counseling and support services. They uniquely view all their services through a trauma lens, believing that many emotional/behavioral difficulties are directly attributable to past traumatic events.

First Place for Youth

First Place for Youth was founded in 1998 to help foster youth (ages 18-24) make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood, focusing on four goals: housing, increased educational attainment, employment and healthy living skills. First Place is the state's largest provider of housing for this vulnerable population.


Now in its 17th year of operation nationally, and their 5th year locally, Playworks provides opportunities for physical activity and safe meaningful play in low-income, urban elementary schools. Currently in 25 schools in LA County, they will serve 35 schools by the year 2017.

Taking the Reins

Since 1998 Taking the Reins has helped under served girls develop teamwork, responsibility and leadership skills through their unique equestrian and urban farm programs. At their 2.5 acre beautiful rural setting in Arcadia, urban girls living just minutes away have the opportunity to escape their concrete environments by caring for horses and...