About Us

Topanga Youth Services (TYS)

Serving Topanga's Youth Since 1993

TYS is the youth organization umbrelled and operating through the Topanga Community Club. 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 Club) 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.

More About Us

  • TYS Director – Karen Cooke
  • Past Directors & Notable Guest Leaders

Karen Cooke has been the director of TYS since 2006. As a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as their Educational Theatre program, Karen brings her aptitude with performance art to TYS.

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Paula Lebrot (1993) Directed Topanga Jones Classic Park

Paulette Messenheimer (1994-2006) Directed Aesopes Fables , Alice in Wonderland , Sleeping Beauty-ish (adapted by two TYS members), and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Noel Rhodes (2000-2006) Music

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Thank You For Your Support

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    TYS's annual musical and talent show as well as band nights, classes and events for youths 10-17 years in the Topanga and surrounding areas have been held at the Topanga Community Club since it's inception in 1993. TYS thanks past ad current board members and TCC members for their support!

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    TYS has received annual funding through Los Angeles County Third District's Community Development Commission since it's inception in 1993. TYS thanks former Senior Field Duputy Susan Nissman, former Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and current Supervisor Sheila Kuehl for their support!

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