Helpline Youth Counseling, Inc.
Making a Big Impact on Youth!
Progress for Eight-Year-Old "Brian"
Eight-year-old Brian (not his real name) has successfully graduated from treatment through HYC's Mental Health Services Program. Brian was referred by his grandmother due to emotional difficulties such as crying spells, isolating himself, and depressed mood. During his time in treatment, Brian had a hard time disclosing his feelings to caregivers, mother and father. As he progressed in treatment, Brian began to verbalize his feelings to his mother, "I feel left out and angry because you don't spend time with me." Brian also expressed to his father, "I feel sad when you went to jail and broke your promise." Through the process of counseling and learning new tools to express himself, Brian shared that he now feels more confident about expressing his feelings to his parents. Brian is using his coping skills such as listening to happy music such as "Hakuna Matata" or rock music to express how he feels. Way to go Brian! Keep rocking on!

Visions Learning Center (VLC) Students Go Back to School!
Helpline Youth Counseling (HYC) offers a Therapeutic Day Treatment Program for high school youth on probation, including a complete academic component along with intensive counseling and intervention services. VLC is the only program of its kind serving Probation youth in Southeast Los Angeles County.  Students have access to several fully-equipped classroom spaces in addition to the outdoor track and field at Liberty Plaza where they can engage in sports and recreation. VLC is operated in partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Department of Child and Family Services, and the Los Angeles County Department of Probation. VLC offers at-risk youth a second chance at completing their high school education and getting back on track to educational success.

VLC students who were once credit deficient, gang involved, and/or with behavioral challenges have the opportunity to continue their education in a smaller classroom setting that eliminates distractions and helps them to focus on the overall goal of graduating from high school! Students benefit from counseling during their school day, and build rapport with the other students. The overall goal for VLC students is to have each and every student graduate realizing their full potential to create a path in their future toward meaningful employment, self-sufficiency and breaking the generational cycle of gang involvement and delinquency. At HYC, w e believe that every student has the potential to succeed, no matter what circumstances led them there!
HYC Back to School Resource Fair
THANK YOU to everyone who donated and participated at the HYC Back to School Resource Fair. We are happy to share that we distributed close to 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in the community! Donations received by community members, businesses and organizations are extremely appreciated and were vital in making this possible!!!
Thank you to our vendors for providing valuable information and raffle prizes, Cosmética Beauty School for providing free haircuts to children, Kona Ice for the sweet treats, Joe Vargas our DJ/MC for keeping the event moving, and our wonderful volunteers for helping to make this day a huge success! Events like these are definitely a team effort!

If you are interested in being a volunteer for a future special event, please contact Renett Banagas at or by phone at (562) 273-0772.
HYC Holiday Fundraiser
HYC is selling fresh 22" Noble Fir Wreaths or Noble Fir Door Swags for $25 each ,
now through November 2nd! Proceeds for this fundraiser will help support HYC Children's Holiday Programs. Give a gift to a child and enjoy a beautiful, fresh holiday wreath or door swag. These items make GREAT gifts for staff, clients, friends and family! Ordered items will arrive the week of November 26th and will need to be picked up at Liberty Community Plaza, 14181 Telegraph Road in Whittier.
To place an order, please email
Renett Banagas at
or call (562) 273-0772. Payment must be made upon ordering.

For the approaching winter weather and the holidays, we will be collecting beanies, scarves, and gloves, as well as $10 gift cards to Walmart, Target, and In-N-Out for children, youth and adults served by HYC. We will be collecting items starting November 5th through December 3rd. Donations may be dropped off at Liberty Community Plaza at 14181 Telegraph Road, Whittier. For special arrangements, please contact Renett Banagas at or by phone
at (562) 273-0772.
Giving Back to Support Children, Youth & Families!
Have you ever thought about giving back and being part of something extraordinary? Well, now you can! When you join us as a subscribed monthly donor, you become part of the HYC Youth Builders! Making a BIG impact in an easy way! Sign-up only once online to give monthly. It's that simple! Your monthly support helps protect children from abuse and neglect by giving parents the tools they need to create healthy environments for children to thrive, supports positive youth development by helping a teenager get back on track and build a foundation for success, and helps young people and adults develop the skills to live free of the grip of alcohol and drug dependency and contribute to healthy communities. There are many different ways your donation helps! All HYC programs are about building healthy families, and YOU can be part of that! Join us by clicking the button below. PLEASE be sure you select the checkbox "Make this a monthly donation" when entering payment information. Thank you for your support and for making a difference in the lives of children, youth and families!
HYC headquarters are located at Liberty Community Plaza (LCP) in Unincorporated South Whittier. LCP is a state-of-the-art Los Angeles County facility with community programs, room rentals and a park area along with track and playground. You can get a full listing of programs and services available to the community. To view a PDF calendar of activities for the month of October, click here . To learn more about LCP, please visit the website link below.