New Fitness Studio for Teen Girls at Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Women Helping Youth award a grant to the Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles

(l-r) Kristin Sabo (Phoenix House); Debbie Schermer, Moira Tenser, and Jill Weintraub (founders of Women Helping Youth); John Peterson (Phoenix House)

Women Helping Youth, a new community partner for Phoenix Houses of Los Angeles, has generously approved a grant to establish the Women Helping Youth Fitness Studio at Phoenix Academy of Los Angeles in Lake View Terrace, CA.

The new Women Helping Youth Fitness Studio will be for dedicated use by teenage girls who are receiving comprehensive treatment in Phoenix House Academy’s Amethyst Unit, which serves more than 160 teenage girl each year struggling with histories of substances abuse and co-occurring mental health issues.

As teenage girls receive comprehensive treatment, counseling, mental health and family services at Phoenix House Academy, they also work through issues related to poor self esteem and body image dysmorphia.  This dedicated fitness center will provide a safe space for young women dealing with emotional and physical issues related to both adolescence and recovery.

Women Helping Youth at Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles

Phoenix House’s President and CEO, Howard Meitiner, meets with Jill Weintraub and Debbie Schermer, two of the founders of Women Helping Youth.

Through the passionate support of Women Helping Youth, the fitness studio will be equipped with professional grade exercise equipment that targets cardio as well as overall fitness, and the space will be renovated for comfort and optimal use.

Phoenix House is grateful and proud to welcome Women Helping Youth as one of our valued partners that are helping us make a positive difference in the lives of at-risk girls in our community.

At the Phoenix House Academy evidence-based residential treatmetn program for youth with coocurring disorders, we serve up to 40 girls in residence at the same time. They live in a distinct wing of the modern, attractive building, in two-bed rooms, with beautiful views of the large garden and the mountains. The “Amethyst Unit” is decorated by the residents with seasonal decorations and maintains a welcoming atmosphere. Young women in our care attend classes at an on-site high school, attend treatment sessions and activities in the afternoons, and participate in enrichment classes and family visits on weekends.

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