Support TYS

TYS is grateful to have the support of the community. Your tax-deductible contribution will help TYS grow and expand the quality programs we offer Topanga's youth. TYS thanks you for helping us fulfill our mission statement and for allowing us to continue the growth and development of TYS while enriching the community and our youth participants.

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Serving Topanga's Youth Since 1993

TYS offers an annual musical and talent show as well as band nights, classes and events for youths 10-17 years in the Topanga and surrounding areas. Below are some of our past programs.

About TYS

TYS is the youth organization umbrellaed and operating through the Topanga Community Center. It is funded through a grant from the county and with donations from the community. Directed by Karen Cooke since 2006, TYS offers an annual musical and talent show as well as band nights, classes and events for youths 10-17 years in the Topanga and surrounding areas.


TYS began as a response to the needs of youths in the area. In 1993, a vandalizing incident brought about concerns of parents for positive focus and recreation for youths. As a result, a parent survey and proposal arose for what was soon to become Topanga Youth Services. At the time, Susan Nissman, had begun the grant writing process. She then turned the project over to Sunny Lannutti, who, along with Kathleen Hernandez, Gayle Cline, and Julie Sugarman, brought in some parents and teens to help develop the program. There were some doubts and challenges in getting space at the Women's Club (now the Topanga Community Center) and with finalizing the grant. However, it was finally decided that Topanga teens needed a community venue, and after meeting and speaking with all the powers that be, Topanga Youth Services was born.

Volunteers Needed

TYS is incredibly grateful for your support!

Please join us in offering your time or services in any area you wish. Some examples include supervision, ticket sales, grant writing, teaching or leading a skill, sound or lighting help, video or photo, and fundraising. Youth volunteers can also earn community service hours.

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Thank You For Your Support

  • Topanga Community Center & LA County Supervisor Third District

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Topanga Youth Services provides creative enrichment and community activities for teen and pre-teen aged youths. Participants can attend special events or a more comprehensive series of activities by donation or trade. We aspire to instill teamwork, behavior and leadership skills, looking at things creatively, breaking inhibitions, confidence, enrichment of the surrounding community, equality, a safe and non-judgmental environment.


Recent Posts

Magical Adventures in Topanga—TYS Presents Into The Woods Jr.

Magical Adventures in Topanga—TYS Presents…

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May 5, 2016 - Photos and text by Katie Dalsemer.    Imagine a mysterious place where odd characters from...

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Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at…

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Topanga Messenger Article by Annemarie Donkin With a packed and appreciative audience at the Community House on...

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Topanga Youth Services Reaches New Heights

Topanga Youth Services Reaches New…

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Topanga Messenger Article – By Katie Dalsemer   The second you walked into the Community House you knew...

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Topanga Youth Services Talent Show Brings Down the Community House!

Topanga Youth Services Talent Show…

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Topanga Messenger Article – By Katie Dalsemer   On November 22nd in a sleepy little town, in a...

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TYS Cast Turns in a Pitch Perfect Performance

TYS Cast Turns in a…

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Topanga Messenger Article – By Karen Cooke   Topanga Youth Services (TYS ) cast more than 30 kids...

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455 Live Rocks Topanga

455 Live Rocks Topanga

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Topanga Messenger Article – By Annemarie Donkin   The sun broke through on a breezy afternoon when...

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“Grease, the Musical” Lights Up the Stage at the Topanga Community House

“Grease, the Musical” Lights Up…

21-03-2013 / Hits:7814

Topanga Messenger Article   Topanga Youth Services presented Grease, the Musical at the Topanga Community House on March...

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“Technicolor Dream: A Cirque Adventure,” March 30, 31, April 1

“Technicolor Dream: A Cirque Adventure,”…

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Topanga Messenger Article   Topanga Youth Services has teamed up with Focus Fish for an original show in...

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Topanga Youth Services Production, Come Together, March 27 - 29

Topanga Youth Services Production, Come…

29-05-2009 / Hits:6734

Topanga Messenger Article – By Tanya Starcevich   The annual Topanga Youth Services production is under way...

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Rock Opera Tommy To Rock The Community House April 4 - 6

Rock Opera Tommy To Rock…

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Topanga Messenger Article – By Kathie Gibboney   The faithful old stage at the Topanga Community House is...

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Topanga Youth Services Musical "The Producer's" Scores a Hit

Topanga Youth Services Musical "The…

31-05-2007 / Hits:23241

Topanga Messenger Article   "I want to be a producer, with a hit show on Broadway," or at...

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TYS “Dynamite” Was a Blast

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Topanga Messenger Article – By Holly Alsop   On Friday and Sunday, November, 18 and 20, 17...

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Getting “Hair”-y with TYS

02-12-2004 / Hits:4948

Topanga Messenger Article – By Laura Mauney   Topangans of all ages are invited to celebrate the official...

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  • What type of programs does TYS offer?

    TYS offers an annual musical and talent show as well as band nights, classes and events for youths 10-17 years in the Topanga and surrounding areas.
  • How old does my son/daughter need to be to participate?

    They must be between 10-17 years old.
  • Do we need to live in Topanga to participate?

    No, TYS serves the youth of Topanga and the surrounding area.
  • How do we sign-up?

    All TYS participants need to fill-out our registration form, found on our Get Involved page. If there are any further sign-up or audition instructions, they will be posted for each individual event on this website, our Facebook page, and sent out to our mailing list.
  • How can we get the latest information on your programs?

    Please fill out the contact form on the Contact page and request to join our mailing list for news and updates on upcoming performances, events and classes. You can also check our Facebook page and this website for announcements and program updates.
  • Where are your programs located?

    All programs and events are hosted at the Topanga Community Club at 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 91364. For a map, visit the Contact Page.
  • Is there a fee to participate?

    No. All TYS programs have a suggested donation, but it is not required to participate.
  • How can we help support TYS?

    There are many ways you can help support TYS including cash donations, volunteering your time or services, donating equipment and needed materials, and attending events. Please visit our Get Involved page, Ticket page, or fill out the contact form on the Contact page for more information on how you can contribute.
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