Counseling Services

Counseling Services We Provide

Most YouthBuild Charter School of California sites have a variation of counselors – from standard, everyday counselors with specific school-wide duties to Masters of Social Work interns with a specific focus on meeting with students daily to address issues. Several sites also offer workshops on Fridays, bi-weekly, or monthly, with specific focus on things such as resume building, applying for colleges, and other prep deemed necessary for student academic success. 

The nature of the partnerships between YouthBuild Charter School and the YouthBuild program allows for a multitude of resources to be made available to the students that rio hondo college tripotherwise might not be provided. At various sites, the YouthBuild program provides personnel for counseling and guidance in the areas of vocational education and internships. At the Compton site, for example, the Bradley Milken Center provides students with classes to support their non-academic needs, such as classes on health and wellness, and parenting skills. At the Trade Tech site, students are afforded the opportunity to enroll in college coursework and training that could lead to certification in various trades and skills. At the sites in East LA and San Gabriel, the community partners provide gang-intervention specialists and drug counseling for students with an identified need. At all sites, speakers are a regular part of “family time” and “mental toughness” providing expert knowledge in areas that are relevant for the young people’s lives. Alumni are encouraged to come in to speak to current students about the opportunities made available through the School and YouthBuild program. The School and its partner regularly seek out opportunities for professional services and business partnerships to engage in the learning process with the students. Mentoring grants at sites such as Compton allow additional resources such as funding and personnel to be used to provide personal growth counseling and other support services to students. 

To find out what counseling resources are available at a particular site, please call or visit that location directly. You can view the contact information for all of our school sites here.

Here are some free counseling resources:

National Immediate Help Lines:
-Boys & Girls Town National Hotline is a 24-hour crisis, resource and referral line. Call 1-800-448-3000 if you or someone you know is in need of immediate help.
-National Safe Place- just text the word “SAFE” and your current location to the number 69866 if you need a safe place to go.
-National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is there to help if you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicide crisis. Call 1-800-273-TALK(8255) to get help.
-National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline can help if you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship. Just call 1-866-331-9474.

Local Immediate Help Lines:
-Los Angeles County Child Abuse Hotline: Call 1-800-540-4000 to receive counseling, intervention, and preparation services in cases of child abuse.
-Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline: If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, call 562-597-2000 for immediate assistance.
-United Way Hotline Los Angeles County provides generic telephone and referral services for homeless people in the LA County area. Call 310-603-8962.

Los Angeles County Social Services:
-LA County Helps: Privately and confidentially check your eligibility for many different health and human services programs (food stamps, Cal Works, EITC, Medi-Cal, etc.) in Los Angeles County. Visit online at:
-Cal Fresh: Go to to see if you qualify for Cal Fresh benefits (Food Stamps). You can apply online and interview over the phone or in person. Applications take about 2-4 weeks to review, approve, and process before you will start to receive benefits.

Preparing and Paying for College: 

-FAFSA: To apply for financial aid, you must fill out a free FAFSA form online at 
-College Board: To help plan for college, find the right college, get tips for getting into college, learn about careers that are right for you, study for the SATs and more, go to
-California Student Aid/CalGrants: To apply for CalGrants and find out how you can get free cash for college or career school, go to
– College Navigator: To find a college that’s right for you based on cost, location and majors, go to
-California Dream Act- allows children who were brought to the US under the age of 16 without proper visas/immigration documentation who have attended school on a regular basis and otherwise meet in-state tuition and GPA requirements to apply for student financial aid benefits. To learn more and to fill out the application online, go to: and for help filling out the application, go to:
– Affordable Online Colleges –  A resource for students seeking accredited online degree-granting universities.  Historically, online learning has been dominated by for-profit institutions, but today more and more traditional colleges are offering degree programs online to meet the needs of a more diversified student population.  Universities such as Oregon State, University of Illinois, and Penn State are fantastic examples of how  traditional colleges can adapt to meet changing needs and technology availability. This website  focuses more heavily on the not-for profit programs.  It is critical to point students towards accredited programs to ensure transferability of credits and financial aid eligibility.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling
-Al-Anon/Alateen: If your life is being affected by someone’s drinking, Al-Anon offers strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers. Meetings are anonymous and confidential. Learn more here; If you are a teenage girl, find out information about fitness, nutrition, drugs, alcohol, and smoking here:
-National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens: Find drug information and research findings for teens at