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Street Outreach for Homeless Youth

Outreach specialists search the streets of San Diego’s South Region for homeless youth, providing them with survival information, warm clothing, something to eat, and an opportunity to get off the streets. More than 300 youth are seen annually. 

Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP)

SBCS provides a curriculum for youth specific community groups, along with discussions for parents and school staff about the topic of reproductive and sexual health at local schools.

Funded through the Office of Adolescent Health, Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program is a school-based sexual and reproductive health education serving all student grades 8th through to 12th in San Diego.

We cover:

  • Healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Birth control and protection options (Including abstinence)
  • Consent and healthy communication with partner(s)
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV – methods of preventions and interventions
  • Teen pregnancy


  • Local Clinics are an amazing resource
    • Teen Clinic – Through San Ysidro Health Center, is a teen-only space
  • Operation Samahan any location, they also have a teen-specific location: Youth2YouthPlanned Parenthood
    • ALL reproductive and sexual health services, including birth control, are available FOR FREE through FamilyPACT.
    • You and your teen can sign up for this service based on income at a local clinic
    • If you do not meet the financial requirements for the program, you teen (if over the age of 12) can apply for themselves and receive this service

Online Resources:



Suicide Prevention & Intervention

Currently offered in San Diego South County middle and high schools, HERE NOW is a prevention and early intervention program to help youth recognize the warning signs of depression and suicide in themselves or a friend and how to seek help. Youth may receive assessment and linkage to mental health support if a need is identified.

The curriculum focuses on:

  • Educating youth, their families, and the community on risk factors and warning signs using an evidenced-based curriculum called Signs of Suicide (SOS).
  • Reducing the stigma around seeking help for themselves and for others.
  • Working to support the school culture and environment to help youth thrive.

HERE Now is a five-year program funded through County of San Diego Behavioral Health. 


Additional Referrals

  • Connect youth with a school counselor or someone who can refer therapeutic services.
  • Help the youth to build their support system (trusted adults, safe spaces)
  • Utilize the ACCESS AND CRISIS HOTLINE 1-888-724-7240
  • South Bay Community Services 619 -420-3620
  • Call 911 if in imminent danger.



  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those between the ages 11-18
  • 90% of those who die by suicide display warning signs
  • Depression is treatable and suicide is preventable

What does it mean when a child or teen is suicidal?

  • A youth who is feeling suicidal is considering taking or planning to take their own life.
  • In many cases, young people who consider or attempt suicide do not really want to die, rather they want the pain to end and see no other options.
  • A suicide attempt can be a cry for help. It is our responsibility to respond.

What are some signs? 

  • Lack of interest in activities or surroundings
  • Increased irritability, moodiness or aggressiveness.
  • Changes in relationships/friendships
  • Isolation
  • Lower academic performance/grades
  • Statements about not wanting to live anymore
  • Death themes in reading, writing, or internet searches
  • Self Injury


Our Safe Place

A welcoming community center for youth up to age 21 and their families.

One of San Diego’s most vulnerable populations, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, often suffer because of non-supportive or even hostile environments in their homes, schools, and communities. Located at SBCS Trolley Trestle Youth Hub, Our Safe Place (OSP) provides a wide variety of services for youth and their families, including support for alcohol and drug abuse, coming out, depression, family relationships, gender identity, sexual health, safe dating and transitioning.

Our Safe Place is a collaborative program with San Diego Youth Services and the YMCA of San Diego County. Each partner provides a drop-in center and San Diego Youth Services also provides a mental health clinic. The program is funded by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.



  • Mon - Fri: 12 to 8 p.m.
  • Sat - Sun: 2 to 10 p.m.


  • SBCS Trolley Trestle Youth Hub
  • 746 Ada Street
  • Chula Vista, CA 91910


  • Ali Shapiro, Youth Support Partner
  • 619-643-5418
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  • Leo O’Driscoll, Youth Support Partner
  • 619-643-5241
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Program Services

Assessments Support Groups – Youth and Caregiver Mentoring
Referrals Service Coordination Educational/Vocational training
Social Activities Advocacy Outreach and Engagement Activities in South County


Regional OSP Centers 

SDYS Central Drop-in Center
2220 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92102
Open 7 days a week

Our Safe Place Mental Health Clinic
3427 4th Avenue, Second Floor
San Diego, CA 94103
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
YMCA North Inland Drop-in Center
1050 N. Broadway
Escondido, CA 92026
YMCA North County Drop-in Center
215 Barnes Street
Oceanside, CA 92054


Additional Resources for South County

The Center:

South Bay

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  • Every Tuesday from 4 - 7 p.m. 
  • 970 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911

The Center:

Groups for parents of LGBTQ youth

  • Once a month / held in Spanish
  • Contact - Gilberto Mercado, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Offers support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ person, their families, friends, and allies.
  • Meetings every third Monday from 6 - 8 p.m. at 746 Ada St, Chula Vista
  • Contact Patti Boman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • increases the health of young gay men through social activities, education, and testing.
  • contact- 1(888)581-2447

The Trevor Project

  • A national 24-hour,  toll-free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.
  • http://www.thetrevorproject.org/   
  • 866-4-U-Trevor (866-488-7386)

GSA Network

  • Gay, Straight Alliance Network: Youth-led organization to provide networking and support for GSAs
  • www.gsanetwork.org


  • Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educators Network National organization for advocacy and information to promote safer schools.
  • www.glsen.org

Family Acceptance Project: (FAP)

  • initiative to study the impact of family acceptance and rejection on the health, mental health, and well-being of (LGBT) youth
  • www.Familyproject.sfsu.edu  
City of Chula Vista: LGBTQ Community Resources