I am contacting you today on behalf of Bayfront Youth & Family Services, a 501(c)3 organization, because we need your help to continue providing highly needed services to L.A & adjacent counties. 

Bayfront Youth & Family Services has been a quality provider of Behavioral and Mental Health treatment services for children, adolescents, and their caregivers for over 20 years. Our mission is to facilitate a comprehensive support system that promotes safe and nurturing environments for children & their families.

In the past decade, we have been able to help over 3,000 youth and their families through our various programs such as our Clinical and Therapeutic services that provide high quality, evidence-based care & prevention services to children and their families. The Wraparound Program, to facilitate the family’s movement from dependence on county-based systems of care to natural support systems. The Parent Training & Education Program, as well as School-linked Services, Agency Trainings, collaboration with the GAIN Program to prepare the next generation of our workforce, and so much more.

Our clients come from troubled backgrounds with histories of abuse or neglect and have experienced traumas no kid should ever have in their lifetime. Without the support of our programs, many of these children and teens would fall prey to drugs, homelessness, crime, despair, and the manipulation of opportunists seeking to exploit their vulnerability. Last year, we were only able to take on a little more than 300 of these youths and their families, despite the County of Los Angeles receiving about 10,000 referrals for services per month. We are trying to fulfill a need that is severely overlooked: providing quality care to the at-risk youth and their families in the community.

At Bayfront, we believe trauma is only one aspect of the child – all children and adolescents have strengths and talents. We believe you are committed to helping children in our community, and we are asking for your assistance. It is through the support of individuals like you that allows us to offer greater engagement and opportunities to the youth that we serve. Through our mutual efforts, we seek to partner with the community in voicing our resolve that a person’s history and mental health status should not limit their opportunities for having a happy and fulfilled life. We truly believe ‘Support the family, support the child.’

Please see our Facebook page for testimonials & consider donating today in order to support our youth. Your donation to Bayfront Youth and Family Services is 100% tax deductible and will be immediately applied to programs for our youth.  

Please contact Wendy Alvarado, Tel: 562-955-694, Email: WAlverado@bayfronyfs.org or go to:

Bayfront Youth & Family Services | Donations & Giving (bayfrontyfs.org)


 Randy Henniger, Board Chair  randy.henniger@gmail.com

The holidays are just around the corner and we hope you can be a part of carving memories into the lives of the families we serve.  This year, we want to help the families we serve enjoy a full meal on Thanksgiving night. Our goal is to prepare 30 boxes filled with non perishable goods and deliver them to our families. Will you help us carve memories so we reach our goal? Here are a few examples of what can be donated:

  • Dry Pasta
  • Dry Rice
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Boxed macaroni & cheese
  • Boxed Stuffing
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned pumpkin puree
  • Canned sweet potatoes

Additional Items:

  • Festive paper plates, cups
  • Festive napkins
  • Plastic cutlery

Donations can be dropped off at our Corporate Office anytime between 8:30am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday beginning October 1, 2018-November 16, 2018.  We appreciate all of your support!  Fore more information, please contact Andrea Carrasco, Community Outreach Coordinator andreac@bayfrontyfs.org 


We are down to the last month before the Annual NAMI Walks which will take place on October 5, 2018 in Grand Park in Downtown LA. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a nationwide organization providing support, access to services, treatment and education for thousands of families who have had or has a loved one affected by mental illness but also the community as a whole.  Every year they organize walks all across the United States and Bayfront proudly supports and participates in the movement to fight the stigma that hovers over mental illnesses. We are very excited and hopeful to meet our goal of $1,000 but we can’t do it alone!  Please help us reach our goal! Fore more information on how to support the cause, please contact Andrea Carrasco or Brenda Ibarra, Team Captains via email at info@bayfrontyfs.org with the message of SUPPORT NAMIWalks in the subject line. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see where will be fundraising for the event!

Join us Friday, September 18th from 4pm to 6pm at the Red Leprechaun at 4000 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach CA 90804 to support the Bayfront League of Heroes.  The Bayfront League of Heroes Team will be walking on October 3 in support of NAMI Walks.

The Bayfront Team is raising money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a grassroots organization that provides free services to people with Mental Health needs and their families.  Additionally, 15% of anything purchased at the event goes towards Bayfront’s Team.

Simply show the flier linked below at the door from your smartphone or printed out:

NAMI Walk Team Kick-Off Flier


On Friday, September 11th, the Wraparound Advisory Council, which is a quarterly activity provided to clients and their families by Bayfront Youth and Family Services met at Mulligans in Torrance.  The Wraparound  Advisory Council is a way to create a fun and safe space for clients and their families to share their experiences since joining Wraparound.

Bayfront Staff also assisted in distributing pizza and drinks to attendees. After the check in with the clients was done, clients and family members signed in and were given wristbands and a game card to play.  While there, clients and their families enjoyed food and activities such as rock climbing, laser tag, miniature golfing, and more.

Before breaking to enjoy these many activities, the clients and family members took time to engage in an open forum about their experiences in Wraparound.  Clients shared what they enjoyed about being enrolled in Wraparound such as feeling supported, having extra assistance to accomplish goals, and extracurricular activities such as having meetings at Starbucks and receiving rewards to encourage them to accomplish their goals.  Clients were also able to use this time to share how they feel Wraparound could be improved.

During Wrap Advisory Council, clients are able to engage with others in similar situations and receive additional support from peers in their age group.

And for additional information about Bayfront Youth & Family Services, visit our website at www.bayfrontyfs.org

With the ongoing effort of garnering community feedback for Bayfront Youth & Family Services, Long Beach 6th District City Councilman Dee Andrews paid a visit to the residential facility on Fountain Avenue. Andrews, a former Long Beach Poly athletic star and local dignitary, came to the facility to meet with many of the Bayfront staff and directors to share his experience and knowledge on working with young people in the Long beach community.

Accompanied by Bayfront Youth & Family Services CEO Maryam Ribadu, Councilman Andrews was given a tour of the facility and sat down to speak with staff about the challenges they face in providing care to a needy portion of society’s youth.  The staff took great care in showing Andrews the full facility, including client rooms, play yard grounds, cafeteria, and the rehabilitation buildings.

Much to his appreciation, Councilman Andrews inspired the Bayfront Staff with a rousing pep talk about his support and gratitude for Bayfront, and all that is has done and is doing to provide a high level of service at the residential facility.


“There is nothing that is as important as what is going on right here. You guys are the caretakers and caregivers of these individuals,” Andrews stated, referring to the clients staying at the facility.

IMG_6609With his infectious smile and charm, Andrews and staff pose for a final photo outside of the facility and gives many words of wisdom about the future care of the youth by Bayfront and the importance of their actions. His personal support of the continued efforts to assist troubled youth in Long Beach has given Bayfront a very firm base to stand on.

For more information about Councilman Dee Andrews and the 6th District, visit www.longbeach.gov/district6/

And for additional information about Bayfront Youth & Family Services, visit our website at www.bayfrontyfs.org

On September 3, 2015 Bayfront Youth and Family Services was honored to present our programs and services to the monthly meeting of The Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force. The presentation was given by Bayfront’s own Sandra Ruiz, Head of Services and Jennifer Vachét, Senior Social Worker. Once the presentation concluded, subcommittees were formed in order to facilitate different aspects of the taskforce’s mission. Subcommittees include a 101 history of trafficking, law enforcement, shelter and direct service protection, and prevention. Bayfront is proud to be an active member of the task force.

The Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force is a multidisciplinary, survivor-centered community collaborative consisting of law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations that work to combat human trafficking by identifying, rescuing, and empowering survivors, as well as assisting in the prosecution of traffickers. The Task Force meets monthly and is open to anyone interested in the human trafficking prevention efforts in Long Beach.

For more information go to: www.facebook.com/LongBeachHumanTraffickingTaskforce

If you are interested in Bayfront coming to your organization to speak, please reach out to us at Info@BayfrontYFS.org.