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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 develop skills to build community and create social change. Created in 2013, CAN 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 regular basis across the greater Los Angeles area to build capacity for change. 

 If you are a student, teacher, administrator, parent, or a person who works with youth, contact CAN about working with your school or group. 

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




Model of Pride Leadership Institute

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 specifically for GSAs 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 will be held February 2018. 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
  • Light breakfast snacks
  • Lunch
  • 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 contact Mike Freeman for more information at

We hope to see you there!!