In June, The Village hosted its first-ever Youth Night Out. The event took place at The Village’s Drop-In Center for Youth Services and was open to young people across The Village’s programs and throughout North Hollywood and San Fernando Valley communities.

Youth Night Out drew some 300 participants, most of whom were new to The Village and were previously unaware of the services provided at our Drop-In Center. Attendees enjoyed a resource fair, live entertainment by local band Pio Gabriel, free In-N-Out burgers and Mr. Softee ice cream, and a drag show presented by local drag queens.

“Youth Night Out was a tremendous success and enabled us to engage with young people in a fun and casual environment,” says The Village’s CEO, Hugo Villa. “We want transition-age youth throughout the area to know we’re here for them and ready to help.”

Los Angeles County has one of the largest unhoused youth populations in the nation. And those who identify as LBGTQ+ or who are aging out of the foster care system are particularly vulnerable. Last year alone, The Village served 635 youth at its Drop-In Center.

In its continuing efforts to reach underserved youth and further engage the community, The Village will host more events, such as Youth Night Out. Check our website regularly for details or to learn how you can help support our youth services.