Resources for Transition Age Youth

Emergency Support Resources

Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255 | Press 1 to chat online, or send a text message to 838255 | We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Or click here to chat online.

California’s Peer Run Warm Line (855) 845-7415 | The Peer-Run Warm Line is a non-emergency resource for anyone in California seeking emotional support. We provide assistance via phone and webchat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need. Some concerns callers share are challenges with interpersonal relationships, anxiety, panic, depression, finance, and alcohol and drug use.

Dial 2-1-1 2-1-1 | Youth usually do not know that you can call this number and ask for specific resources within their communities. This is a great way to find TAY specific resources.

California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL) (800) 843-5200 | Youth can always call or text CYCL, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. CYCL operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week as the statewide emergency response system for youth (ages 12-24) and families in crisis.

Professionally trained staff and volunteer counselors respond to 20,000 calls annually with crisis intervention counseling and resource referrals to service providers in the caller’s local community. We have access to more than 5,500 free or low-cost resources for youth and families across California.

Additional Emergency Resources

SAMHSA National Drug & Alcohol Use Disorder Hotline:  (800) 662-4357 (HELP)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Domestic Violence Hotline:  (800) 799-7233 (SAFE)

If you would like to talk to an advocate, we recommend using our chat feature. Advocates are available to help individuals who are Deaf and hard of hearing at (800) 787-3224 (TTY) or by chat. We offer the same advocacy through chat services, available 24/7/365 for those affected by domestic abuse.

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline: (800) 656-4673 (HOPE)

Trevor Lifeline: (866) 488-7386

National 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people.

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 to reach a Crisis Counselor. 

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via a medium people already use and trust: text.

 Food Banks California

California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) is a membership organization of 41 food banks from throughout the state with a shared mission to end hunger in California and a firm commitment to providing cutting-edge leadership in the anti-hunger community.

Housing Resources

Wind Youth Services | Wind Youth Services provides supportive services and opportunities to youth experiencing homelessness as they pursue self-determined lives of stability and independence.

Department of Rehabilitation Independent living | Independent living services include the following eight services provided by California’s independent living centers. Information and referral, independent living skills, transition and diversion, housing, advocacy, peer counseling, personal assistance services, assistive technology.

Calli House | Calli House has daytime Drop-In services for runaway or homeless youth age 18-24 years and overnight Emergency Shelter for runaway or homeless youth age 18-24 years. All youth entering the shelter are provided a comprehensive assessment that identifies their needs and form the basis of their housing plan. Transitional age youth who cannot return home or are not ready to live independently may have the option to live at Appian House or Pomona St. Apartments.

Employment Resources

California CareerZone has many different assessment tools to help guide your path when it comes to finding a job. They also have information to give you a look into the reality of having a job, and what that means.

California Careers Info | California Careers provides career development resources and career self-management skills.

EDD Service for Youth | EDD Services for Youth is the youth section on California State’s Employment Development Department (EDD) website. You can find information on government programs to help youth with employment, as well as other helpful links on job training.

Youth Employment Opportunity Program | The Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP) provides special services to youth between the ages of 15 and 25 to assist them in achieving their educational and vocational goals. While working with peer advisors, youth clients interact with professional individuals who have similar paths, perspectives, and educational goals by providing referrals to supportive services, workshops, career coaching, employment preparation, and other training and community outreach efforts.

Department of Rehabilitation Student Services | The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) provides services that provide support for students ages 16-21 with an Individualized Education Program, 504 plan, or a disability. Services include pre-employment transition services in the areas of job exploration, work based learning, post-secondary education, work readiness, and self-advocacy.

Job Search Sites | Listed below are job search sites. Be sure to read up on the company before you apply, and read the job requirements beforehand so you are sure that you are qualified for the job you are applying to.


Info on Employee Rights

Youth at Work | This is a State website that was created by young people and for young people that explains job discrimination, how to avoid discrimination at the work place, and what to do if you encounter it.

Young Workers | This site talks about safety on the job, and things you may want to look out for to make sure you are safe on the job. They also have a section that lets you know what the labor laws are in your state. 

Residential Programs/Vocational Training 

Regional Occupational Centers & ProgramsRegional Occupational Center & Programs commonly known as ROP, offers free or low cost classes. Upon the completion of many of these courses certificates are often offered, and they will assist you with job placement.

Job Corps | Job Corps is a free job training program, they also can help you with housing, and getting your GED.

Americorps | Americorps is a community service program. Some programs provide a living allowance, food, and housing. You may also be able to complete your GED, and other training while a member of Americops.

City Year | City Year is a year of services where you work in the community gaining job skills and training. It focuses on bringing together young people from many different backgrounds, and both giving back to the community and training a new workforce.

California Conservation Corps | The California Conservation Corps, also called the CCC, is for young men and women ages 18 to 25. It’s a great way to get training, and help our environment at the same time. Plus you get paid. Housing and meals are also available.

Education & School Resources

College Resources | is an official state website that helps students explore colleges, the process of applying, and how to pay for college.

College Board | College Board is a good place to start for any information on your college search. It has resources to find out when and where to take the SAT, which is a test needed for entry to many colleges. They also have a college search so you can find more information about colleges, and narrow down your options. Additionally, they have a Scholarship database to help you find ways to pay for college.

FAFSA | Most college/universities require you to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive financial assistance. It’s important you go to the government sit to get more information. Watch out for financial aid sites that charge a fee. FAFSA is a free application. | Helps California community college students understand and apply for financial aid

Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth | Guide to help apply and keep financial aid. Explains different aid available, includes a step-wise guide, tips on what to do after FAFSA to ensure maximum aid awards, and explains how to stay in good standing and keep getting financial assistance for school

Additional Resources

7 Cups of Tea – Online Therapy & Free Counseling | 7 Cups of Tea is an on-demand emotional health and well-being service. Our bridging technology anonymously & securely connects real people to real listeners in one-on-one chat. Anyone who wants to talk about whatever is on their mind can quickly reach out to a trained, compassionate listener through our network. We have hundreds of listeners who come from all walks of life and have diverse experiences.

Boys’ Town National Hotline: Get Help | Youth-Specific services (voice/text/chat/email)
Spanish: 1-800-SUICIDA (800-784-2432)

Disability Rights California | Disability Rights California works to advance dignity, equality, independence and freedom for all Californians with disabilities.

NIMH Studies | The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Office of the Patient Advocate | The Office of the Patient Advocate’s mission is to improve California health care quality and advocate for consumer interests by publicly reporting data for informed decision making.

SAMHSA | The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Teen Line (800) 852-8336 | Established in 1980, TEEN LINE is a nonprofit, community-based organization helping troubled teenagers address their problems. It is our mission to provide personal teen-to-teen education and support before problems become a crisis, using a national hotline, current technologies and community outreach.

Transforming Lives, Cultivating Success (TLCS) | TLCS offers several mental health recovery programs that provide supportive services to individuals with a psychiatric disability to achieve the goals they have set for themselves to increase their quality of life. (Sacramento County Only)

Transgender Awareness Webinar | This is a link to a FREE Transgender Awareness Webinar. There is one for the general public and another for mental health providers. It is a tool for families, friends, employees, trainees, and practicing providers interested in receiving a quick and convenient online training that is self-paced and self-directed. The webinar takes anywhere from 20-60 minutes with quiz questions and video content included.