February 2024 Newsletter




To our Advance LA Community,

If January is the month of new beginnings, then February is the month of progress. If you are sticking to the goals you set for yourself in January, way to go! And if not, pivot so you can progress efficiently, in a way that meets not just your goals but your needs.

February is also the perfect time to dip your toes in the dating pool. In this month’s blogpost, we compare and contrast the dating apps with meeting in person options. Spoiler alert: we suggest you try both – find out why!

Advance LA’s mission is to help our clients advance to independent adulthood. Our Life Skills Coaches meet with their clients remotely, or in person, to provide support and guidance in areas including academics, executive functioning, time management, organization, social/dating skills, job/internship obtainment and maintenance, and independent living skills. 

Please contact us at advancela@thehelpgroup.org for more information.

Together let’s make this a year to remember!

Jeri Rochman, JD, MS
Program Coordinator






The other day I was listening to a podcast about how young adults can meet other young adults to develop friendships and possible romantic relationships. One of the expert guest said, “My best advice is cover all fronts! Try the dating apps and try in person.”  Sounds like good advice! Let’s explore each option: 



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Summer Program




Looking for a Specialized Summer Camp Program for Young Adults?

Join Advance LA’s exciting social-recreational summer program, specifically tailored for young adults between the ages of 18-22 with mild to moderate needs. This summer, we’re introducing three new tracks. Participants will be thoughtfully matched to cultivate appropriate peer connections. These offerings aim to bolster confidence, hone social and essential life skills, and foster independence, all within a fun atmosphere conducive to forming lasting friendships!




Upcoming Events & More




club l.a.’s Got Talent!
Wed, Feb. 21 | 6:30 – 8 pm

Join club l.a. for our annual talent show! Share your musical, dance, comedic or magical talent with new friends and good friends. Come hang out, support your friends, and join us for dinner and dessert. Don’t miss out – register today! For neurodivergent young adults ages 18-29. Fee: $25




Parent-to-Parent Support Group
Thursday, Feb. 1 & 15  | 6-7 pm PT

Free online sessions for parents to connect, share stories & learn from one another. Meetings take place on the first and third Thursday of each month. Our parent support group is a safe space to share information, resources, and friendship.




Dating & Relationship Coaching

Available now!
Advance LA now offers dating and relationship coaching for neuro-divergent young adults who are interested in learning the social skills involved in dating, as well as the communication skills required to maintain a romantic relationship. To learn more, contact Jeri.




Life Skills Coaching

Virtual coaching available for academic, vocational, social, and independent living skills support (individual or group sessions). 




Lumina Counseling

Lumina offers insurance and private pay for individual, group, couples, and family therapy to people of all ages throughout the Los Angeles area. Lumina believes that everyone has the right to be heard and to be guided to live their best possible life. For more info, please call 818-779-5100.




The Help Group offers innovative, educational, therapeutic, residential, community and vocational advocacy and support to empower children and young adults to live with dignity, hope, opportunity, and love.  Advance LA, a specialized program of The Help Group, provides clients with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, executive functioning difficulties and learning differences, the experiences and opportunities necessary to lead a fulfilling adult life. Our specialized program provides coaching services and support groups, as well as workshops and conferences for young adults, parents, and industry professionals, answering one of the most frequently asked questions by parents of those with special needs, “What happens next?”