The Tamale Jam: Straight Outta Hollywood
Posted October 20, 2015

The annual holiday classic known as "The Tamale Jam" comes your way on Sunday, December 13, 2015 for the 12th straight year. This year's theme is "Straight Outta Hollywood" and we will have plenty of surprises and giveaways planned. We will also feature a live DJ & dance, free tamales, holiday treats, raffle prizes, free Rapid HIV Testing, community resources, and more! The event starts at 6:00pm and will be held at The Hollywood Hotel Grand Ballroom. Plan ahead, mark your calendars, and be sure to tell a friend about us. Support the event by making an online donation or downloading a Sponsorship Packet.

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13th Annual Big Feast To Be Held 11/22
Posted October 20, 2015

C.I.T.Y. x1 proudly announces the 13th installment of its annual extravaganza, "The Big Feast". Join us as we return to The Hollywood Hotel Grand Ballroom on Sunday nite, November 22, 2015 from 6:00pm-9:00pm to feed, entertain, and empower 200 local youth. The event, which exists at no cost to its attendees, will provide a catered Thanksgiving dinner, a live DJ & dance, special guests, community resources and more in an alcohol & tobacco-free environment. Support the event by making an online donation or downloading a Sponsorship Packet.

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Celebrating the Holidays, California-Style!
Posted December 19, 2014

The very popular "Tamale Jam: California Love" Holiday Youth Party returned on Sunday, December 14, 2014 for the 11th straight year. This free event was held at The Old Dvin Ballroom in Hollywood and welcomed 175 people. Those in attendance enjoyed a live DJ & dance, free tamales, holiday treats, and raffle prizes that included California-themes T-Shirts, Knott's Berry Farm Tickets, and a $100 Visa Giftcard. Our Outreach Zone was also in full effect, as we had 8 organizations on-hand to provide information on youth services; free Rapid HIV Testing was provided by our friends at AltaMed Health Services.

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12th Annual "Big Feast" Feeds Over 150 Youth
Posted December 1, 2014

The 12th annual "Big Feast" fed over 150 local youth on Sunday night, November 23rd. The Hollywood Hotel Grand Ballroom played host to the free Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner & Dance, which featured a complete Thanksgiving-style dinner, Club DJ's, Community Resources, Raffles, and Rapid HIV Testing. Attendees included L.A. City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, David Ryu, Los Angeles Commissioner Ceri Zamora. Click below to check out the photos! A total of 7 organizations participated in our Outreach Zone, which helped link our young attendees to local services like transitional living, health care, counseling, and social groups.

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City of Los Angeles Honors Carlos Sosa
Posted May 30, 2014

C.I.T.Y. x1 Executive Director Carlos Sosa has been chosen as an Honoree for this year’s L.A. LGBT Heritage Month Celebration. Sosa, NBA Star Jason Collins, and other local Activists were part of a special celebration hosted at City Hall by Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.

Click here for photos from the celebration, links to local news coverage, and a copy of the Official Program!
"GLOW" Returns, Youth Will Light Up Their Pride
Posted May 30, 2014

By popular demand, "GLOW" returns for Gay Pride Month. This special youth celebration will take place on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 6:00pm in Hollywood. Attractions include a live DJ & dance, free food, live youth performances, free glowsticks, and many special surprises. The free event, which is alcohol & tobacco-free, will take place at El Paraiso Salon, located at 4318 Melrose Avenue. The C.I.T.Y. x1 Youth Group is proud to welcome The Los Angeles LGBT Center as a Sponsor for this event.

The first edition of "GLOW" took place last year and was a major success, with nearly 150 youth participating in all of the activities. Word about the occasion even reached the office of City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, who attended the event, interacted with Volunteers, and welcomed youth to Hollywood. A special "glow in the dark" theme highlighted the evening, with special lighting added to the location and over 400 glowsticks given away to all youth.

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2014 Holiday Event Dates Announced
Posted April 15, 2014

C.I.T.Y. x1 has officially set its date for its flagship event, "The Big Feast". For the 12th straight year, this Thanksgiving tradition will return to service over 200 youth on Sunday night, November 23rd, 2014. The organization has also chosen a date for its 11th annual "Tamale Jam" Christmas Party, which will take place on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Locations for each event will be announced in the months to come.

Both holiday events are a staple of the local youth community and provide youth a safe space to enjoy free food, a live DJ & dance, giveaways, performances, and special surprises. The most recent edition of "The Big Feast", held this past year, saw hundreds of youth attend and enter a special raffle for Drake concert tickets at Staples Center. The previous year, the event created such a buzz that even L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti was in attendance.

Businesses and Community Organizations who wish to partner with us for these events are encouraged to contact us in advance at to receive a Sponsorship Packet and further event details.
Supporting NYHAAD Local Events
Posted March 18, 2014

C.I.T.Y. x1 is a proud Community Partner for the second annual National Youth HIV/AIDS Day. This will be a joint-production with Children's Hospital, St. John's Well Child & Family Center, AltaMed, Bienestar, and The Fun House.

This year is extra special, as event organizers are extending NYHAAD Day to an entire week's worth of events & activities throughout Los Angeles. The week kicks off on Monday, April 7th with a film screening of Dallas Buyers Club and will conclude on Saturday, April 12th with a big celebration at AltaMed's Youth Center in East Los Angeles. Kudos to Youth Activist Alexander "Xander" Pacach and the team of youth volunteers that he has brought together to help organize each individual activity. Click for the flyer!
Closing Out 2013, A Big Year for C.I.T.Y. x1
Posted December 28, 2013

The 2013 calendar is coming to a close and The C.I.T.Y. x1 Youth Group is looking back at one of its biggest years ever! A total of 5 events were produced this year and over 650 youth were serviced from June to December. Additionally, we were able to successfully have 120 youth attend, and complete, 4 one-hour safe sex workshops held prior to our youth parties. And as part of our on-going commitment to encourage youth to get tested, we were able to get nearly 50 youth participate in Rapid HIV Testing at all of our 5 events.

Two major milestones were marked this year, as the "Tamale Jam" Christmas Party marked its 10th anniversary. C.I.T.Y. x1 also witnessed the realization of "20/20", a very important Inter-Generational Community Forum held at The West Hollywood Library. Both events helped solidify the organization's commitment to service homeless & at-risk youth during the holidays and to present new & innovative programming that bridges communities and generations.

Keep posted to our web site and our social media channels for the release of our 2014 Event Calendar. Businesses and Organizations wishing to partner with us in the new year can contact us at
Youth Activist Gets Big WeHo Award
Posted December 5, 2013

C.I.T.Y. x1 nominee Matthew Zavala has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2013 Paul Andrew Starke Awards. The ceremony was held on Monday, December 2nd at the West Hollywood Library Community Room. Members of the City Council were in attendance to present the awards to 7 honorees who were recognized for their commitment to HIV/AIDS prevention & treatment.

Matthew holds a well-rounded resume that began with his volunteer work at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Color in Common Youth Group. There he learned how to mobilize youth, organize safe sex workshops & activities, interact with the community, and lead by example. The group also hosted a variety of prevention activities for local at-risk youth that included field trips, trainings, community outreach, and educational workshops. His energy and dedication caught the eye of Children's Hospital Los Angeles, which hired him earlier this year. In September, Matthew was selected as a Young Professional to attend The United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) in New Orleans.

Matthew is one of 6 C.I.T.Y. x1 youth who has received a Paul Andrew Starke Award. Youth have been recognized in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
City Councilmember O'Farrell Supports LGBTQ Youth
Posted December 5, 2013

C.I.T.Y. x1 was honored to have L.A. City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell attend the 12th annual "Big Feast" Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner for LGBTQ Youth & Allies on November 24th. The Councilmember welcomed youth to the dinner and gave an inspirational speech that let youth know that there is a community here who cares about them and provides support services.

Check out video footage from Councilmember O'Farrell at our holiday youth dinner:


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