The Los Angeles County Department of Youth Development (DYD) represents a historic investment in youth wellbeing and development, with a focus on young people and communities who have been impacted by structural racism, poverty, and criminalization.

Make Your Plan to Vote in the March 5, 2024 Presidential Primary Election

Have you moved? Are you new to L.A. County? Will this be your first time voting? The March 5, 2024 Presidential Primary Election is around the corner! Get ready to exercise your power to choose the next presidential candidates. Make sure you’re registered to vote today to receive a Vote by Mail ballot. Confirm your registration status now at the link in our bio.

Celebrating Black History Month

This Black History Month, we’re reflecting on the Greensboro Sit-Ins – a powerful reminder of the incredible power of youth-led activism! On February 1, 1960, four brave college students walked into a Woolworth’s and staged a sit-in at a segregated lunch center in Greensboro, NC. When the young men were denied service, they refused to leave until the store closed. They returned the next day, and for days after that, bringing other students with them. Their protest sparked a youth-led sit-in movement across thirteen states and inspired similar protests against segregation in public spaces ranging from theaters to libraries to beaches. The Greensboro Sit-Ins became a symbol of youth-led activism for civil right. They remind us that youth leadership can reshape the course of history and create enduring positive change.

What We Do


Investing in a growing network of youth development resources.


Expanding access to youth diversion and restorative justice.


Improving collaborative support for system-impacted youth.


Integrating program and policy research and collaborative innovation.

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