Community of Hope

Providing quality and comprehensive mental health care to children and families.

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 We believe everyone has the right to access mental health treatment, your gift, no matter how big or small, will make a tremendous difference.

The Guidance Center has been leading children and families to a brighter future since 1946, providing quality and comprehensive mental health care to over 3,000 children and families each year in the communities of Long Beach, Compton, San Pedro, and Avalon.

15 million

An estimated 15 million of our nation’s young people can currently be diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

less than 20%

Less than 20% of children and adolescents with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need. Early mental health support can help a child before problems interfere with other developmental needs.

one in five

One in five children suffer from a mental health or learning disorder, and 80% of chronic mental disorders begin in childhood.

our impact

The Guidance Center stands as a beacon and provider of hope for our community’s most disadvantaged children and families. This is achieved through our comprehensive mental health treatment and early intervention and prevention programs.


9 out of 10

Parents report their child’s behavior problems decreased & life improved.

3 out of 4

Adults seen report decreased symptoms of anxiety, trauma, or depression.

2 out of 3

Parents report their child’s behavior problems decreased & life improved.


CALWorks clients obtained jobs

success stories

Our clients battle and overcome different hardships, obstacles or traumas. When they arrive at The Guidance Center, children and their families begin their journey together to find healing and hope. With the support of our compassionate team of therapists, they leave with confidence, strength and the tools to thrive toward positive and productive futures.

Roll Call Training Videos

Learn the skills needed to keep your officers and the community safe – without taking anyone off duty. Gain access to the Roll Call Training Video series at no cost here.

The Bridge Documentary

Experience the documentary that challenges perceptions of poverty, exposes its devastating effects on mental health, and reveals the trauma-informed approach as a part of the wider solution to breaking poverty’s intergenerational cycle.