To give LGBTQ Youth & allies (ages 14-24) in L.A. County an alternative to the club scene by providing free social events that create community, promote diversity, and empower the lives of young people.

Organization Overview:
Community Intervention Through Youth (C.I.T.Y.) x1 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to putting on social events for LGTBQ youth and their allies that exist at no cost and provide an alternative to the club scene. These events are open to youth ages 14-24 and often include dances, free food, free HIV Testing, and several community resources. Since its formation in 2005, C.I.T.Y. x1 has gained a loyal following and has consistently produced some of the highest attended youth events in Los Angeles County. Youth from all areas of Los Angeles attend and make up a diverse gathering of cultures, faiths, and backgrounds.

 

 

A recent national study found that between 500,000 and 1.6. million youth are homeless each year and that up to 40% of these young people identify as LGBTQ. In many cases, youth find themselves thrown out of their home upon coming out as being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Many are immediately asked to leave the house, with no prior notice or any resources, and find themselves on the streets on that same day. While some will gravitate towards local social services, several others will not and will go on for days without eating, showering, or shelter. Being out in the streets has also been known to be a trigger for risky behavior, such as unprotected sex and substance abuse.

Equally as important is the alarming rate of newly diagnosed cases of HIV and STD's amongst LGBTQ Youth. In 2010, young gay and bisexual men accounted for an estimated 19% of all new HIV infections in the United States and 72% of new HIV infections among youth in research conducted by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That same year, Black youth accounted for an estimated 57% of all new HIV infections among youth in the United States, followed by Hispanic/Latino (20%) and White (20%) youth.

 

 

Youth love to party! And as such, our approach is to reach out to them via an outlet that is fun, entertaining, yet educational at the same time. By offering a free party with music & free food, we are able to attract over 200 local youth who may otherwise not be motivated to attend a traditional community activity. Once at the event, youth attendees are able to interact with several local service providers who offer a variety of services to them, including access to transitional living and educational programs. We also have a Peer-to-Peer model in effect at all events, in which youth ambassadors interact with other youth and encourage them to get tested for HIV and other STD's, attend weekly workshops & support groups, and sign up for special programs. Rounding things out is a group of dedicated and caring Volunteers made up of parents, educators, and community members that all help make this a diverse gathering that bridges community. All events are alcohol & tobacco-free.

Our work has even caught the attention of local community leaders and elected officials, as several attend our events regularly to let youth know that there is a community here for them who cares about them and is supportive. Recent attendees have included L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, and various members of the West Hollywood City Council.

 

 

We regularly partner with several local community organizations to increase the number and types of resources offered at our events. Our "Outreach Zone" allocates space at all of our activities for organizations to staff an outreach table and interact with the over 200 youth in attendance. Through these partnerships, we are able offer access to safe sex workshops, housing for homeless youth, job trainings, incentive-based programs, scholarships, emotional support, and other services vital to LGBTQ Youth and their allies.

Past & Current Community Partners

 

 

Awards & Recognitions to the Organization

Year
Award/Recognition
2007
City of West Hollywood Proclamation
2010
City of West Hollywood Rainbow Key Award
2012
City of Los Angeles Proclamation
2013
City of Los Angeles Proclamation

Awards to our Youth

Year
Award/Recognition
2005
Jeremy Longoria
CSW/LA Pride Outstanding Youth Leader
Ty Thomas
Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Award
2006
Mariah Sutlapa
Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Award
2010
Drew Mason
Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Award
2011
Frankie Barcenas
Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Award
2012
Xander Pacach
Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Award
2013
Matthew Zavala
Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Award
2014
Michael Castro
Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Award
2015
Jesi Harris
Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Award
2016
Josh Madrid
Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Award

Individual Awards to our Staff

Year
Award/Recognition
2010
Carlos Sosa
Stonewall Young Democrats "Hero Award"
2014
Carlos Sosa
2014 LGBT Heritage Month Honoree

 

The C.I.T.Y. x1 Youth Group | P.O. Box 15763 Los Angeles, CA 90015-0763 | webmail@cityx1.com

The C.I.T.Y. x1 Youth Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible unless otherwise noted.