22431 B160 Antonio Parkway Suite 527
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
The Teen Project, Inc. was founded in 2007 by Lauri Burns, whom still today, works directly with the organization providing both the support and the vision required to make an impact in the lives of the young people we seek to serve.
Our Organization serves the population of Young Adults between the ages of 18-24 of which there are between 750,000 to 2 million who experience an episode of homelessness each year in the United States.
Young people who cannot rely on family members to provide a place to live, financial support, and guidance are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. Ms. Burns understands 1st hand the importance of proper support during those critical years from 18-24. She herself was homeless at a young age and experienced the horrific effects of a life on the streets. In her book Punished for Purpose, she shares the stark reality of life on the streets and the adversities she had to overcome to become the successful business woman and advocate for homeless youth she is today.
The Teen Project began as a safe haven for emaciated youth aging out of the Foster Care System and has grown into a grassroots movement combining volunteers and professional staff focused on ending teenage homelessness. The organizations current programs stretch in broad spectrum of services, all focused on one goal, guiding young people though the transition from life on the streets to a new life, filled with success and safety.
The program today has an operating budget of just over a half a million dollars and provides services to over 1,500 young people annually. These services included housing, transitional assistance, crisis intervention, educational assistance, life and job skills training, case management and mentoring.
The Teen Project has 3 staff members and last year had over 10,000 volunteer hours with over 2,000 hours of professional services used by our program students.
This Year the organization opened a drop-in center for homeless youth in Venice, California as well as expanding its Text-Shelter Program to help homeless youth find safe places to go and other vital services they may require anywhere in the United States.
Children & Youth, Homeless, Hunger & Poverty, Substance Abuse