Children of the Night With Out Walls - WOW!

by Children of the Night

     From January 1, 2015 to September 14, 2015 we provided 3945 services to 489 clients in 25 states. 

                                                   348 were female

                                                   136 were male

                                                       5 were transgender


 217 Students received Online Tutoring

3444 Online Tutoring Hours.           

    21 Students successfully passed the High School Equivanency Exam

    20 Students were assisted with resume preparation   

      6 Students were enrolled in college


These students received services online when they were located at the Goodwill, Shelters, Drop In Centers, Domestic Violence Programs, Rehabilitation Centers, and living with Friends.

Most of the student resided in Calfornia while receiving services however, 41 were from Florida, 25 from Missouri, 18 from Texas, 18 from North Carolina, and the others were scattered in 20 other States.



Online GED Program in Action
Online GED Program in Action

Martin is 23 year old from Los Angeles.  The last grade he completed was 10th grade.  He was homeless and living in a tent in Los Angeles.  Martin found Children of the Night through a drop in center in Hollywood, My Friend's Place, and began his GED assessment online with our call center on September 20, 2014. 

Since then we have prepared him for the GED and obtained his identification from the Mexican Consulate.  So far, Martin has passed 3 of the 4 GED sections.

He will test for the math portion July 30th and we anticipate his successful completion of the GED.

Martin wants to be a computer programmer and our next step will be to enroll him in Los Angeles Community College.

Martin represents one of the 132 students who have completed our GED assessment and is currently working toward successful completion of the GED required to pursue a career that will permanently remove him from the streets of our city.

Online GED Program in Action2
Online GED Program in Action2
Online GED Program in Action3
Online GED Program in Action3
Online GED Program in Action4
Online GED Program in Action4
Online GED Program in Action5
Online GED Program in Action5
Online GED Program in Action6
Online GED Program in Action6


Our Online GED Program & Director of Education
Our Online GED Program & Director of Education

In 2015 Children of the Night celebrated a new partnership with Goodwill California and we plan on servicing all of their sites throughout the United States.  The majority of WOW services are still in California (61%) and we have seen a marked increase in services in Florida, Texas and North Carolina. 

Last year we provided 5016 services to 490 clients in 30 states

407 of those clients participated in our online GED program and 83 received comprehensive case managment which includes shelter referrals, medical referrals, rescue from pimps and other crisis intervention. 

Although these clients are still on the streets moving from shelter to couch surfing, we are able to keep up our relationship through our 24/7 hotline that provides them 24 hour care. 

We noted that 331 of our WOW clients were female, 157 male and 2 transgender.

While we have noted over the years a sharp decrease in the number of boys and transgender children in our shelter, we have seen an increase and their return through out WOW program.

Of our 407 GED clients - 282 were provided complete GED assessments in all 5 subjects - and we spent 4027 tutoring sessions on this group.

We registered 84 clients for the GED and 31 passed parts of the test (they won't have to retest these subjects - if they complete the test in a reasonable amount of time.) 

And 26 of the 84 successfulll completed the GED.

Last year we faced special challenges including the privatization of the GED which resulted in various tests in various states and we needed to create curriculum to teach to these new tests.

We also were required to limit our travel to other states to offer our free online educational programs becasue of a lack of funds

Nonetheless, we are growing and we are quite proud. 

The construction of our Call Center which hosts our online GED program was completed and is fully staffed.

We are confident this will be a groundbreaking, trailblazing program for people who have been trapped on the streets with no way out.

Our growth is only tempered by the amount of funds we are able to raise.

Children of the Night WOW in Action
Children of the Night WOW in Action


2014 marks our 35th Anniversary of rescuing America’s children (ages 11-17) from prostitution right here in the United States. Since 1979 we have rescued over 10,000 American children from sex trafficking/prostitution—that is more children than all of the other sex trafficking programs combined. In most years we spend 87% of our funds on the direct care and supervision of children and young people who have been victimized by prostitution.

Throughout the years, Children of the Night has gained the reputation as one of the most prominent and successful organizations in the nation addressing the needs of America's sex trafficked children.

In 2011, Dr. Lois Lee created WOW – Children of the Night With Out Walls – because she wanted to train others in her expertise of taking traditional social and educational services to the lowest person on the streets – people who have been forgotten.

Children of the Night's WOW program is a critical forward step to expand Children of the Night and permanently remove a greater number of people trapped on the streets through online education, mental health services and the critical help available from professional volunteers.

The Children of the Night experience must not be wasted or limited to one building or one location. We can take Children of the Night back to the streets where we started, and permanently remove many more people from life on the streets.

 The Children of the Night WOW educational program provides free, comprehensive online GED services including GED test registration, payment of test fees, support documents required to test and transportation to GED test sites throughout America. Once the student is ready to test for the GED, we make it as easy as possible for students to walk into their local test center and take the test.

The WOW Mental Health Program is a NO COST program designed to assist the mentally ill who are trapped on the streets. WOW provides access to mental health services and benefits, a process otherwise too bureaucratic and demanding for someone who is psychotic or disabled and situated on the streets bouncing from shelter to jail to tent.

The WOW Professional Volunteers are placed with agencies or matched with individuals who require their services for health care, mental health services, legal aid and other support services not available through traditional funding sources.

Our 24/7 nationwide toll free hotline provides extensive ongoing case management for WOW clients including survival needs such as food, shelter and crisis intervention. These services are available 24/7 so people trapped on the streets may complete their online education and applications for mental health benefits. From start to finish, Children of the Night WOW is ready, willing and able to provide life changing services across the nation to anyone forced to live on the street.


                                       2014 Report on Children of the Night With Out Walls Services

                               From 1/1/14 to 5/26/14, we provided 1,579 services to 248 clients in 21 states

                                        184 were GED students and 64 received case management

In 2011, Dr. Lois Lee created “Children of the Night With Out Walls” (WOW) and partnered with the National Runaway Switchboard who fields over 100,000 calls from youth and their families each year.

Children of the Night WOW offers young people in shelters, drop in centers and outreach programs throughout America on-line GED assessments and GED tutoring, funding for GED testing, sophisticated mental health services including application for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration, and professional volunteers such as lawyers, psychiatrists, physicians and dentists.

Youth living in shelters across America are not receiving the educational services or mental health services required to permanently remove them from life on the streets. Most youth shelters are funded by the federal government and limit a young person’s shelter stay to 21 days.

Our shelter partners and detention centers report that no one is providing a continuum of care for youth when they leave detention centers and foster homes. The countless children living in shelters, motels or on the streets are without services or opportunities to escape the streets. WOW is the first program taking comprehensive educational and mental health services to the streets of our cities.

WOW is a cost effective means of providing resources to America’s young people who are forced to live on the streets and WOW will leave a permanent and indelible mark on the standard of care for adolescents who are forced to live outside of their natural homes.



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Organization Information

Children of the Night

Location: Van Nuys, Ca - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
L Lee
Van Nuys, CA United States