Resources for Transition Age Youth

Emergency Support

California Youth Crisis Line.



  • Confidential
  • Crisis counseling
  • Information and referrals
  • Connection to services
  • Multiple languages
  • For youth and families | @calyouth

The CYCL is a program of the California Coalition for Youth, funded in part by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and The California Wellness Foundation.

Linea de Crisis de Jóvenes de California. 24/7.


  • Confidencial
  • Consejería en tiempo de crisis
  • Acceso a servicios
  • Información y recomendaciones
  • Varios lenguajes
  • Para jóvenes y familias | @calyouth

Un proyecto de la Coalición de California para la Juventud y es financiado en parte por la Oficina del Gobernador para Servicios de Emergencia y de la Fundación de Bienestar de California.

Mental Health Screenings

Take a Mental Health Screening

Talk/Text/Chat lines

  • Know the Signs: 1-800-273-8255
  • Mental Health America | Text MHA to 741741 | Trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 for free
  • National Drug & Alcohol Abuse Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 | Press 1 chat online, or send a text message to 838255
  • Chat Online- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Trevor Project (LGBTQ) 1-866-488-7386
  • Youth Crisis Line (Text/talk/chat): 1-800-843-5200
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “START” to 741-741
  • MHASF Peer-Run Warm Line (local San Francisco line): 415-421-1880 (Click for Additional Resources)

Resource List

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.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255
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.

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.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services
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.

Employment Resources


California CareerZone has a lot of different assessment tools to help guide your path when it come 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.

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 & Programs

Regional 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 Corp

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


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 Crops

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.

College and University 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.


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