The Looking Ahead team has put together the following list of organizations providing services that might be relevant to your youth and family.  Placement on this page does not constitute our endorsement, but does hopefully help you get started in finding any kind of information you need.

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Bullying / Cyberbulling

L.A. Youth Network
Hotline for teens that deal with bullying and relationship issues.


Safe Kids.Com
Digital citizenship, online safety and civility. Resources, safety guides for tweens, teens and parents.


Stop Bullying Now
Cyber Education Consultants
Articles, webinars and links to learn about cyber safety for your family.


Teen Health
Website that provides information for parents, kids, tweens and teens. Read articles and blogs. Take a survey to understand your knowledge on this topic.


That’s Not Cool
Offers information on relationships and peer pressure.

Counseling and Support


Looking Ahead
323.933.9244, contact Chris Smith at  

Free and confidential conversations and support. Referrals to low costs counseling services. The Looking Ahead social worker works with members of the Looking Ahead community: youth, parents, couples and families.


Airport Marina Counseling Services
Counseling for children and teens. Sliding scale. Individual, and family therapy.


Asian Pacific Health Care Venture
Los Feliz Branch. Sliding scale or no fee supportive counseling and medical services.


Door of Hope 4 Teens
Sunday-Thursday, 9 pm-11 pm EST. Hotline and texting services and advice for teens who struggle with depression, cutting, bullying, eating issues and emotional struggles.


The Help Group
Van Nuys 818.267.2745
Culver City 310.751.1171 
Not for profit that serves kids with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional problems.


I Wanna Know is a trusted source of information on sexual health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).


Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles
Metro Counseling and Resource Center:  310.247.0864
San Fernando Valley Counseling and Resource Center:  818.464.3333
Counseling, sliding scale, one on one support, support groups, psychotherapy.


L.A. Gay and Lesbian Centers Family Services Program
Youth Center on Highland
1220 N. Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Mental health and counseling support. 


Maple Counseling Center
310.271.9999, contact the intake department 
9107 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA  90210
Low cost comprehensive mental health services in Los Angeles. They offer individuals, couples, families and groups.


National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
Toll free hotline to connect all ages.


Rebecca’s House
Programs and counseling for eating disorders as well as drug and alcohol abuse.


San Fernando Valley Clinic and Family Guidance Center
Northridge. Sliding scale fees. Counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric services for ages 3-17


Southern California Counseling Center
323.937.1344, contact the intake department
5615 West Pico
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Not for profit counseling services, can work on a sliding scale. They offer individual, group, couples and family services.


Valley Family Center
San Fernando. Marriage, family, teen, and child therapy. Parenting classes and domestic violence programs. Sliding fees.

Grief and Loss

I Count Too
Support group for children and adolescents who have loved ones with life threatening illness.


Our House
310.475.0299 or 818.222.3344
Bereavement counseling for children, adolescents and adults.



Access Mental Health
24 hours. Information and referrals for emergency and non-emergency mental health issues and counseling.


California Youth Crisis Line
Crisis phone counseling, info and referrals ages 12-24.


L.A. County/ USC Medical Center
24 hours Emergency: 323.226.2622
Full service medical center with psychiatric services and support.


GLBT National Youth Talk Line
Offers free and confidential on-line peer- support chat.  Also provides free and confidential telephone and internet online peer-counseling. Monday-Friday, 1 pm-9 pm; Saturday, 9 am-2 pm.


Suicide Prevention 24 hour Hotline
Hotline for support, referrals, information and prevention for all ages.


Teen Line 
Los Angeles:  310.855.4673 
Free, confidential and anonymous teen to teen hotline open to every night 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.


Trevor Line
24 hour crisis line for LGBTQ youth under 25 years old. National referrals in all areas. Also, 800.850.8078.

Alcohol and Drugs


Advanced Professional Counseling Services
Counseling for children and teens, adults and families, alcohol and drug counseling for families. Children of ADD/ADHD, anger management, self-esteem, and children of divorce.


Al-Anon/ Alateen Family Group
Headquarters, Inc.
Mutual support group for family and youth.


Al-Anon Family Groups
12-step program for teen relatives and friends of alcoholics.


Alcoholics Anonymous


Alcoholics Anonymous Los Angeles Central Office
Meeting information and literature.


Marijuana Anonymous
24 hour recorded information.


National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
24 hours. Free Services. Hotline and chat. Information, referrals and support for drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues.


Seeking Peaceful Solutions
Services for youth, teens, adolescents and adults in areas of substance issues, anger management and other issues.


Start Your Recovery


Teens Health

Cyber Safety / Safety

Bizparentz Foundation
Website provides tips specific to child safety while working in the industry. Information on navigating the set, auditions and classes. Important child safety tips against child predators.


Cyber Education Consultants
Articles, webinars and links to learn about cyber safety for your family.


Net Smartz Kids
An interactive way of teaching young people how to recognize dangers and increase self-confidence whenever the go online. Includes games, puzzles and more.


Safe Kids
Digital citizenship, online safety and civility. Resources, safety guides for tweens, teens and parents.

Education for Young Performers

Do you have questions about your professional young performer’s education and options? Does your young performer need some support or guidance around his education and/ or future? Contact Looking Ahead and speak to Melody Lawson, our Educational Counselor for career planning, assessment, resources and support: 323 .933. 9244 ext. 436 or

Career Planning

Holland Code Test


O*Net Online


Roadtrip Nation 

What is your career road map?

Personality Type Assessments

Human Metrics-Jung Typology Test


Official Myers-Briggs Online Test 



College Planning

Cal State Apply

(Formerly CSU Mentor)


University of California Admissions


California Community Colleges

Chancellor's Office


The Common Application


Education Planner



College planning app


College Board Big Future

Seach for colleges, explore careers, make a college plan

Financing Education

Fin Aid

Guide to financial aid terms


Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education


Federal Appliction for Student Aid (FAFSA)


Fast Web

Comprehensive scholarship search

Scholarship search


Scholarship America

Scholarship listings


Affordable Colleges

Guides to and rankings of affordable colleges


Discover Student Loans

Private student loans

Private College Funding/Planning Consultants

Ketterman College Funding


Total College Planning


College Planning Experts

Artist/Professional Union Scholarships

Union Plus Scholarship


SAG-AFTRA Heller Scholarship & John L. Dales Scholarship 

Performing Art Schools/Magnets


CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts


Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts


East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet


Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts


Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA)


Orange County School of the Arts


South Bay Conservatory

Other Schools



Brighton Hall


Connections Academy


Fusion Academy


Hart @ Home


Independence Charter Academy


Inspire Charter Schools




Laurel Springs


Options for Youth


Sage Oak

Homeschool Resources

California Homeschool Network


Homeschool World


Home School Legal Defense Association


Home School News Link


Home School Association of California




Kahn Academy


LA Public Library Live Homework Help




Special Education

Special Education-CalEd Facts


Special Education Rights and Eligibility


The Help Group


Web Directory for Parents

Emergency Assistance

The Looking Ahead Program
Contact Chris Smith
323.933.9244 ext. 422

Looking Ahead can provide resources and support in the areas listed below and other life challenging situation. If you are experiencing a problem or concern related to emergency financial assistance, housing, crisis or transition please call us, we want to help you.

Financial Assistance

Burbank Temporary Aid Society


California- Disability Benefits 
This is a very helpful website to begin to understand disability benefits. It is also helpful for clients who might need education around the different disability programs.


Catholic Charities 


Government Entitlements and Support

Your Path to Government Benefits.


Jewish Free Loan


Los Angeles Family Housing Corporation


Need Help Paying Bills


The People Guide of Los Angeles 
View the PDF version via links at the bottom of their home page.


State of California Employment Development Department
Unemployment Insurance

Mortgage Assistance

Keep Your Home California


Los Angeles Family Housing Corporation


Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America
801.401.6222 - contact the “Home Save” Department

Food and Clothing

Call 211 on your phone
211 LA County is dedicated to providing an easy-to-use, caring, professional source of guidance, advocacy, and 24 hours 7 days per week access to a comprehensive range of human services to the people of Los Angeles County.


Family Rescue Center




Loaves and Fishes II


Los Angeles County Health & Nutrition Hotline



Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND)


SOVA Food Pantry


Westside Food Bank

Entertainment Industry



SAG-AFTRA Young Performers


Screen Actors Guild Foundation


Actors’ Equity Association


The Studio Teachers
24 hotline:  818.559.9797
Download forms, check labor laws, find a teacher, buy the Blue Book.


Musicians Local 47


Unclaimed Coogan Funds
Also please check out our Unclaimed Coogan page on this site.


BizParentz Foundation
Supporting families of children working in the entertainment industry.


Hollywood Mom Blog
Managing motherhood, marriage, business and blogging between the kids’ auditions.


Children in Film
Everything and everyone you need to know.


A Minor Consideration
A not for profit foundation formed to give guidance and support to your performers.


Hollywood Reporter
Entertainment News


Entertainment News

Free Thing to Do in Los Angeles and Other Websites

Free Things to do in Los Angeles

100 free things to do in Los Angeles
Free exhibits, activities, passes to events, ideas and maps to activities 


Go to their FAQ page to learn the details and the next location.


Free Movie Screenings
Free outdoor movies that happen in Los Angeles.


Free Museum Day Los Angeles 
List of free museums in Los Angeles and free admission days


Free Music at LACMA
Jazz in the park at LACMA. Families can bring blankets, and food picnic style and enjoy music.


Mommy Poppins - Get more out of LA with kids
100 Things to DO in LA with Kids Before They Grow Up


SAG Foundation
Free workshops and classes, free movies. Join the SAG Foundation, it’s free.

Other Websites
Get exclusive local deals near you.
Daily and weekly deals and events happening in southern California.

Health Insurance / Medical Needs

Health Plans

The Actors Fund, Health Insurance Resource Center
323.933.9244 ext. 432
The Actors Fund Covered California Help Line
If your young performer and family transition in and out of union health insurance utilize the Health Insurance Resource Center at The Actors Fund. If your family needs medical coverage call us. The Actors Fund is an enrollment site for the Affordable Care Act, Covered California. We can assess and see if you are eligible for a subsidy. Utilize the helpline, weekly workshops, individual appointments and website. The website has national resources state by state for insurance, clinics, dental, artist’s resources and insurance options.


Screen Actors Guild Producers Pension and Health Plans


AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds
323.937.3631 or toll-free at 800.562.4690 from 9 am - 7 pm Eastern Time Monday through Friday.


Actors’ Equity Association – Equity League Fund
212.869.9380 or toll free outside of NYC: 800.344.5220

Community Clinics

Queens Care Health Centers
4618 Fountain Ave
Hollywood, CA 90029


Saban Community Clinic
Beverly Hills Center
8405 Beverly Hills
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Valley Community Clinic
6801 Coldwater Canyon,
North Hollywood, CA 91605


Venice Family Clinic
Call center 310.392.8636
604 Rose Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
Monday –Thursday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Adult pediatric and teen primary care. Health and wellness center, family planning, women’s health, dental, Labs and diagnostic center.


CVS Minute Clinics
Located inside various CVS drug stores.
These operate as medical clinics. They accept insurance, fee for service. Walk in appointments only. Search their website for clinic near you.

Hospitals and Emergency Rooms

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
24 hr. Emergency Services Desk 310- 423-8605


Olive View Hospital of UCLA Medical Center

14445 Olive View Drive, # 2b182
Sylmar, CA 91342
Emergency Services and Hospital


Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center
501 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank California 91505
24 hr. Emergency help. Resource Line 888.432.5464


Providence Tarzana Medical Center
18321 Clark Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
24 hour Emergency Services, ER department: 818.708.5170
Resource Center:  888.432.5464


Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center – West Los Angeles
757 Westwood Plaza

Los Angeles, California 90095


Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center
1250 16th Street

Santa Monica, CA 9040 


Sherman Oaks Hospital and Health Center
4929 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, California 91403


211 LA County
Dial 211 on your phone. 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
Telephone information and referral services. They can help you find emergency food, shelter, legal and financial assistance, counseling and many other resources.  On their website, go to services.


Alcoholics Anonymous Los Angeles Central Office
Meeting information and literature.


Al.Anon/ Alateen Headquarters
12 step program for teens and relatives and friends of alcoholics.


California AIDS, STD and Hepatitis Hotline
M-F 9am-5pm Referrals to anonymous test sites. Information and support.


California Smokers Helpline
Free information, telephone counseling to help people stop smoking.


California Youth Crisis Line

Crisis phone counseling, information, and referrals for all problems ages 12-24. Bilingual when available. Can connect without charge to parent/guardian or other agency. Message relay service. 


Childhelp USA, National Child Abuse Hotline
24 hours. Crisis intervention for child abuse, telephone, counseling and referrals. Anonymous and confidential.


Crisis Chat

1.800.273.TALK (8255)
Online Chat service. If you can’t reach a chat specialist, call 1.800.273.TALK (8255) for emotional support.


Disaster and Earthquake Preparedness
24 hour recording information on all disasters and earthquake information. Emergency supply kits.


Emergency Contraception Hotline
Information about emergency contraception.


General On Set Safety Questions
Contact National Stunt and Safety Department at 323.549.6855 or a SAG-AFTRA Local office if you are concerned about your safety while working.


GLBT National Youth Talk Line
Offers free and confidential on-line peer- support chat. Also provides free and confidential telephone and internet online peer-counseling. Monday-Friday, 1 pm-9 pm; Saturday, 9 am-2 pm.


Homework Hotline
Help with homework including English, Math, and other subjects. Open Year-round.


L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation (MTA)
24 hours public transportation, bus, train, schedule and fees.


L.A. Registrar/ Recorder
Birth certificates, voter registration.


Marijuana Anonymous
24 hour recorded information.


National Domestic Violence Hotline
24 hour line. Provides information and referrals to support services nationwide. Online resources, advocates for victim rights.


National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
Toll free hotline to connect all ages of people with support, information and referrals to treatment throughout the U.S.


National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
24 hours. Free Services. Hotline and chat. Information, referrals and support for drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues.


National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
24 hour hotline 866.331.9474


Poison Control Center


Rape Treatment Center of UCLA Medical @ Santa Monica
24 hour emergency care. Press 3 for Rape Center. A safe and anonymous way to get help after sexual assault. Information and resources, special sections for teens and students.


SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)


The Studio Teachers 
24 hour hotline 818.559.9797
If you are having concerns or questions about your child’s welfare while working on set.


Suicide Prevention  Center 24 hour Hotline

Hotline for support, referrals, information and prevention for all ages


Teen Line 

Los Angeles:  310.855.4673
Free, confidential and anonymous teen to teen hotline open to every night 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.


Trevor Line
24 hour crisis line for LGBTQ youth under 25 years old. National referrals in all areas. Also, 800.850.8078.


Valley Trauma Counseling Center
24 hour hotline. Crisis intervention and prevention. Sexual assault victims in San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita.


Victims of Crime Resources Center
M-F 8am-6pm. Information regarding victims’ rights and what to expect while going through the court system. Confidential referrals for counseling. Free services.



The Actors Fund Housing Resource Center
Sign up for affordable housing email notifications, resources, housing board, eviction process and legal referrals.


Los Angeles Family Housing Corporation



Westside Rentals
You can perform free internet housing searches in the offices of The Actors Fund and avoid the monthly fee to look for housing. Call or email Chris Smith at Looking Ahead at 323.933.9244 ext. 422 or

Free First Time Home-buying Workshops

The Actors Fund
Check the workshop calendar on our website or call 323.933.9244.


First Entertainment Credit Union

Full service credit union that provides mortgages and refinancing.


NHS Homeownership Center
For resources on rental or mortgage assistance, please see Emergency Assistance section. For Housing resources around eviction or foreclosure please see the Legal Section


SAG-AFTRA Credit Union
818.562.3400 or 800.826.6946, toll free
Full service credit union that provides mortgages and refinancing. 

Risk of Homelessness

Beyond Shelter 


Los Angles Homeless Services Authority


LA Family Housing


Fair Housing Council of the San Fernando Valley


Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles- Section 8 Housing
San Fernando Valley Office
The Section 8 Program provides housing assistance for low to very low income families. This waitlist for this program is currently closed.

Job Training and Education for Adults

Free and confidential conversations and support are offered at Looking Ahead. If you are a parent seeking employment, in transitions between jobs or seeking new job skills contact our Looking Ahead staff to explore your options. Click here to request a conversation: 


The Actors Fund Work Program
Looking Ahead parents are eligible to participate in The Actors Fund Work Program.
A comprehensive employment and training program that fosters resilience and self- reliance. This program offers groups that focus on resume writing, interview techniques, job seeking strategies, job development resources, free computer classes, career assessment, career panels and support. Contact Chris Smith, Looking Ahead supervisor for more information.

Work Source California Hollywood, Managed Care Solutions



Work Source California Van Nuys- North Sherman Oaks


Work Source California San Fernando Valley Area Chatsworth- Northridge


Valley One Stop Career Center


Los Angeles Pierce College


Los Angeles Valley College


Santa Monica College


Van Nuys Community Adult School


LA Works
Assists in finding volunteer work

Legal Support

Alliance for Children's Rights
Free Legal Services for lower income children and teens.


Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Legal appointments: 323.939.0506
Valley office:  818.769.0136
Bet Tzedek, which means The House of Justice, is a free legal service organization that provides assistance to individuals of all races, ethnicities, and religions. Offices are located in the Fairfax and Mid-Wilshire areas and in North Hollywood. They serve LA County, including the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys.


BizParentz Foundation
Not for Profit organization. Get information about the Child Performer Protection Act, legal laws and regulations that protect your child.


California Lawyers for the Arts
Toll free 888.775.8995 or visit their site on Lawyer Referral Services page
Not for profit organization that empowers the Arts community by providing education, representation and dispute resolution.


The Free Legal Advice Clinic at FAME Church 
This free legal clinic sponsored by UCLA Law School, Temple Isaiah, Public Counsel, and FAME Church of Los Angeles occurs every other Sunday from 10:00am-12:30pm. A one-time consultation on housing concerns is provided.


Housing Rights Center (HRC)
HRC is a nonprofit organization that works to actively support and promote freedom of residence through advocacy, education, and litigation. Most housing rights questions can be answered through HRC. Legal assistance is given when appropriate.


Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

This organization provides emergency assistance with landlord-tenant issues. Also, the Eviction Defense Center will provide free legal assistance with some legal representation and help with filling out paperwork. Free counsel and representation, advocacy around unemployment benefits and other entitlements, family law, immigration and more. Check their website. They also provide Self Help Legal Access Centers.


Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
LACBA offers free referrals to attorneys and free 30-minute consultation for individuals at all levels of income


Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
This organization, which has offices in Pacoima, El Monte, and Glendale offers free legal assistance to low-income individuals.

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