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Community Action Network (CAN)

What is CAN?

The Los Angeles LGBT Center's Community Action Network (CAN) program, through LifeWorks, is a group of youth leaders ages 18-24 who meet every other week to develop the skills to build community and create social change. CAN was created back in 2013 and has worked in over 50 high schools and middle schools around Los Angeles, spreading awareness and conducting LGBTQ competency trainings and leadership workshops for LGBTQ youth and Allys everywhere.

CAN conducts trainings in understanding identity, LGBTQ competency and awareness, best practices for working with the LGBTQ community, as well as "public narrative," the art of telling your own story as a way to create empathy and change. CAN collaborates with local high school and middle school GSAs and LGBTQ clubs on a weekly and one-off basis across the greater Los Angeles area to build capacity for change. 

Due to high demand, CAN has also adapted and expanded LGBTQ trainings for

  • Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • Community organizers
  • Clinicians/counselors
  • Parents

For more information in volunteering or requesting a training, please contact Mike Freeman at




Model of Pride Leadership Institute

Every October, LifeWorks organizes Models of Pride, which is one of the largest free LGBTQ conference in the country, for youth ages 12-24 at the University of Southern California. In addition to this, our Community Action Network holds a day-long leadership institute the day before the Models of Pride conference, specifically for Gay-Straight Alliances and LGBTQ clubs, where students are able to come together and participate in a day-long workshop that will provide them with invaluable skills and information such as leadership, communication, community building, student rights and social movements.

This is a great leadership opportunity for any student in a GSA or LGBTQ based school program who is interested in learning more about:

  • Being an active member and role model in their community
  • Learning how to make their school and community more LGBTQ inclusive
  • Knowing their rights as LGBTQ students in high school
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Understanding identity
  • Team building
  • Meeting new people!!
  • Also, advisors are very much welcome!

Last year at the Models of Pride Leadership Institute we had 100 youth from 12 different GSAs and LGBT Clubs participate! 

This year, our Models of Pride Leadership Institute is taking place on Friday, October 28th, 2016. This would be a great opportunity for your club to make this a field trip for the day!

For the day, we provide:

  • Compensation for bus transportation
  • Lunch
  • Light breakfast snacks
  • An awesome experience and a chance to learn new information and meet new people!

LifeWorks is extremely invested in the development of, and supporting, LGBTQ youth and allies in high schools and colleges. We are passionate about spreading our knowledge and creating positive changes in our communities.

If your GSA of LGBT school club is interested in participating, please email Natasha Colin for more information

We hope to see you there!!




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Facebook: /groups/LifeWorksCAN