About Our Center

SYPP Center

The Center for Strengthening Youth Prevention Paradigms

The Center for Strengthening Youth Prevention Paradigms (SYPP Center) is a capacity building assistance (CBA) center housed in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. SYPP Center was developed in 2009 to disseminate the expertise of the HIV Risk Reduction Program's extensive services at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for youth ages 12 to 24 on a national level. Particular emphasis was placed on young gay and bisexual men and transgender youth of color, who are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS.

In 2014, SYPP Center’s mission was expanded to include other health inequities impacting youth such as teen pregnancy, substance use, and community violence. In this broadened role, SYPP Center houses all capacity building assistance activities within the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine.

Our Approach

The approach of services offered through the SYPP Center is rooted in the belief that social determinants of health must be addressed to increase the health and well-being of youth. It is these broader issues, such as systemic forms of discrimination and access to health care, which create health inequities. Our services are designed to provide agencies, coalitions, and systems of care with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to implement structural-level changes, build cultural competency, raise youth leadership, and mobilize communities.

At the core of our services is the Connections for Youth (CFY) community mobilization model, a framework that can be tailored by communities to develop locally driven approaches to addressing structural barrier changes to health and wellness for youth. CFY has been adapted from Connect to Protect®: Partnerships for Youth Prevention Interventions, an intervention of the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions. SYPP Center has successfully used this model to support coalitions and communities across the county to mobilize for improved health outcomes for youth.


SYPP Center has worked with a wide range of agencies, systems of care, and coalitions to build their capacity to address health inequities harming youth.

Examples of Past CBA Recipients

Systems of Care

  • Baltimore City Health Department
  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • Los Angeles County Department of Probation
  • Los Angeles County Division of HIV & STD Programs
  • Los Angeles County Juvenile Court Health Services
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine


  • Black Los Angeles HIV/AIDS Coalition
  • Hawai’i Youth Coalition
  • Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership
  • Project MOCHA
  • Southern Regional Ball/House and Pageant Coalition
  • Transgender Service Provider Network


  • Alliance for GLBTQ Youth
  • Covenant House of California
  • Howard Brown Health Center
  • La Clinica de la Raza
  • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
  • Youth Policy Institute 

What People Are Saying about SYPP Center’s Trainings

Training: Moving Beyond Clients: Creating Effective Youth‐Adult Partnerships

“COMPASS staff and youth truly enjoyed the youth‐adult partnership training that SYPP Center conducted. We are now better equipped to build an equitable relationship with our youth. Collaborating with the youth during the training, we accessed areas for improvement. We are in the process of organizing a COMPASS Youth Advisory Committee and creating youth accountability agreements. With the support of SYPP Center, we are moving towards the youth-driven program that we envisioned.”

Julia Murphy, Youth and Prevention Department Director, COMPASS, Inc. – West Palm Beach, Florida

Training: Building Coalition Members’ Shared Leadership

“SYPP Center staff was willing and eager to adapt their already amazing services to match our needs exactly. I've never had someone tailor to my needs in such an affirming way. They acted like they were happy to do it - not like I was a burden.”

Lauren Tullis, Former Project MOCHA Co‐Chair and Project Coordinator, Vista Community Clinic – Vista, California

Training: Using HEADS4 Trans Youth

“I learned tools for better assessment of trans youth clients and how to implement the HEADS 4 Trans Youth domains. This will help us to amend our intake process in order to address areas pertaining to the trans community.

“I gained a new framework to view the environment transgender youth live and view their lives by the determinants of health.”

Staff, Alliance for GLBTQ Youth – Miami, Florida

Trainings: Cultural Competency for Providers Working With Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) Youth, and Cultural Competency for Providers Working With Transgender Youth

“The staff were knowledgeable, sincere, engaging, professional and exuded passion for their work. Once we connected with one of the staff to express an interest in a physician training for our group, everything fell into place seamlessly. The trainers provided a comfortable, safe space environment conducive to learning.”

Dr. Marya Miyamoto, Los Angeles County Juvenile Court Health Services – Los Angeles, California