My Friend's Place

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
My Friend's Place


Los Angeles, California 

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Paige Amormino '19, Maxwell Grear '18, Regina Zeng '18, Tyler Bozeman '18, Mario Garcia '18

Organization Description
For 29 years and counting, My Friend’s Place has been assisting and inspiring homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. My Friend’s Place offers a comprehensive continuum of services to homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 25, and their children, helping our homeless young people to move toward wellness, stability and self-sufficiency. My Friend’s Place is committed to a trauma-informed, harm-reduction approach and low-barrier service model that emphasizes the value of each individual young person who walks through our doors.

Safe Haven Program - Our Safe Haven Program provides more than 1,300 youth each year with daytime shelter and drop-in services including food, clothing, showers, communication and transportation; emergency necessities alleviate the demands of survival that often distract youth from participating in educational or health-related activities. 

Transformative Education Program - Through workshops and one-on-one sessions in the areas of education and employment readiness, creative and living arts, our staff members equip more than 700 youth each year with marketable skills, encourage positive behaviors, teach youth how to connect with resources that improve their self-sufficiency, and build rapport with youth who are reluctant to access more intensive health and mental health services. 

Health and Well-Being Program - Clinical case managers provide more than 1000 youth each year with services to address the complex array of issues of homeless youth, including pregnancy and parenting, legal matters, sexual health, HIV prevention, emotional well-being, crisis intervention and therapy to provide support for trauma, substance abuse, partner violence, anger management and mental health issues. 

By having a Cultural Inclusive Intern, My Friend's Place can offer youth the opportunity to experience Los Angeles through a series of field trips and cultural excursions with trusting adults.

Internship Description
Working closely with MFP supervisor, PICS Intern will provide cultural inclusion programming to the youth at My Friend’s Place.  Research, plan and execute field trips.  Track summer budget for the program.  Partner with current existing creative and educational programming at MFP to enhance and highlight cultural exchange.  Create a calendar of opportunities specific to programming.

The youth at My Friend’s Place are as culturally diverse as the city of Los Angeles.  The intern will help educate on various world cultures and cultures in Los Angeles through music, arts and crafts, foods, field trips and educational workshops.

Some examples of field trips include museums, visiting various neighborhoods in Los Angeles (Chinatown, Olvera St., etc.) and experiencing local cultural happenings.

The programming helps link homeless youth to free or low cost educational opportunities in Los Angeles.  Intern will obtain a basic understanding of issues facing homeless youth, particularly in regard to educational resources and opportunity.    Intern will be exposed to basic advocacy on behalf of the population in the community and at MFP.

Internship Qualifications
Strong research skills are necessary.  Prior experience running educational workshops or taking youth on outings is helpful.  

Intern must possess people skills and have the ability to engage and communicate with a variety of youth.  Interested in working with diverse populations.  

Passionate about educating marginalized youth.

Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:30 pm

Required Dates

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Los Angeles has plenty of shared housing options and My Friend's Place is very accessible off public transportation.

On occasion, there will be evening field trip that will require an adjustment of schedule for the intern.  There may also be some time spent picking up supplies needed for workshops.  All will be compensated in flex time if done outside of regular work hours.

Interns are required to complete a background check.

Evaluation Excerpt

Overall, I think that My Friend's Place does very inspiring and professional work and serves individuals who are turned away almost everywhere else. The staff is incredibly dedicated to the clients, and deserve all the support they can get. I was especially impressed by the way that staff members would go out of their way to support the clients in any way they could even if that meant adjusting typical expectations or procedures, and would treat each individual as a unique person, which meant being flexible in a very demanding environment.
—Maxwell Grear '18

My best experience this summer was getting to do hands-on work that most people wouldn't get access to without an MSW. I was in charge of field trips. The work was very front heavy with planning logistics in an unfamiliar area. But I always had something to do (interacting with the youth).
—Paige Amormino '19

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program