Youth Drop-in Center


Emily Villarreal, SUD Counselor

310.314.6200 ext. 3602


Nigel Key, Outreach Specialist



When teens understand how drugs and alcohol can impact their lives, they make better choices. Through our Youth Advocacy Treatment Program, we aim to stop addiction before it starts.

CLARE | MATRIX sends experienced counselors to schools and community locations to provide positive prevention education and counseling services. Students learn about the dangers of substance use and how to empower themselves by making healthy choices.

Our program offers an innovative curriculum in local schools and organizations where youth can discuss the realities of substance use while creating a network of people in their community who support them through the stresses of adolescent life. Elements of the Matrix Model for Adolescents are integrated in community groups, individual sessions and family sessions as well as psychoeducation groups for parents and students.

Services we provide for the community come in a variety of formats designed to engage youth and their families:

  • Community Workshops
  • Counseling for School-Referred and Self/Parent-Referred Students
  • Outreach at Community Health Events
  • Parent Education Classes
  • Small Group Counseling
  • School-Wide Assemblies

We also offer Life Skills Training – a program that has been proven to strengthen healthy behaviors. Life Skills Training is an evidence-based counseling program that aims to reduce the risks of tobacco, alcohol and drug use, violence, and social or psychological behaviors that lead to substance use and other risky behaviors. Training components include:

  • Drug Resistance Skills
  • Personal Self-Management Skills
  • Social Development Skills

Services can be tailored to adolescents and adults ages from 12 to 24 and are currently offered to schools located in SPA 5 & 6. We’re ready to work with your school or community organization. To learn more about this program, please contact our prevention manager at (310) 314-6200 ext. 3602