Youth Programs

Empower, Educate & Encourage
The most vulnerable youth and families.

Youth are our Focus and Future

In LA County 1:6 Youth are "Disconnected "from education and employment

Youth Employment Programs

Our focus is to level the playing field and introduce our youth to new and emerging careers. One is the exciting world of AI (artificial intelligence) with our partner AIEDU (Website: )

We incorporate 21st Century Job Skills certifications, leadership training and support from career mentors for our 6 week immersive cohort job training.

LA County DMH Transforming LA Pilot (Youth Artificial Intelligence Learning Program)

Youth AI Learning Program

Project Joy’s Youth AI (artificial intelligence) Learning Program is an immersive 6 week group for ages 16-25. It is a pilot funded by LA County Department of Mental Health. 
This is a “earn and learn” program where youth learn the basics of artificial intelligence, explore new and emerging career fields, interview leaders from diverse industries, complete a pitch project and get certified in the top 10 soft skills that employers value the most. Mental health support, resources and practices are central and the group is a safe space for youth learning and interaction. 

Youth Media Training

This is a 6 week hands-on project based learning program. Youth will learn the foundation of professional equipment operation (camera/video), how to provide large and small event coverage, conduct interviews on camera, basic editing skills, social media content creation and complete a group project.

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Youth Employment Programs

Equity and Justice Advocacy

We provide a safe space and nurturing learning environment where youth are free to explore their feelings, range of emotions, step into leadership and work with mentors to focus their energy on creative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. Our youth social justice group meets quarterly. 


We provide college scholarships for resilient youth who have overcome extreme odds to graduate from high school and enter college.

We partner with Lockheed Martin where we engage youth through personal interaction and career exposure to industry leaders. Events include TAY Career Day and Lunch with Lockheed employees

Success Story

We empower youth to pursue not only jobs but their passions and dream. We are so proud of our employment program youth who never give up on themselves and believe all things are possible.  
Let’s celebrate our youth participant. He achieved one of his goals and worked the runway at New York Fashion Week. Bravo! 

Programs to Empower Educate & Encourage
The most vulnerable youth and families.