Passion LA Southside

We halt the cycle of broken families so that new generations can grow up in healthy communities.


South Central Los Angeles 

There are 30,000 youth in South LA...

With 800,000 total youth in the city, the 30,000 South LA youth, like thousands of Angelino adolescents are full of diverse culture, ethnicity, and high aspirations. Unfortunately, with the high rates of poverty, crime, abuse, gentrification, and a broken education system, many young people are experiencing the weight of injustice and hopelessness thus limiting the options of a thriving environment for many young people in South LA. Many programs and social services exist in LA to provide interventions for youth dealing with such issues, however, one thing that makes us distinct is the fulfillment of creating a healthy community. Studies have shown that the most effective form of intervention is social connection, and Passion LA Southside is determined to create a space for that.


Who We Are


We exist to help develop at risk urban young people into socially mature, emotionally healthy, Christ led, indigenous leaders in order to change the trajectory of their lives & community.



Passion LA Southside will thrive by creating weekly spaces for young people to gather throughout the week to experience God, to create community, to equip and to empower them as urban indigenous leaders.



To create community and experience God.

A Faith-Based weekly gathering where At Risk Young People are introduced to Christ by loving Christian adult leaders who will help them grow in their spiritual health. Our program will create a safe space for young people to hangout, worship, hear the Word and to receive resources such as tutoring and mentorship.

Partner with our missionaries. 

Invest in the Future of South LA

Byron and Natalie are more than just missionaries and co-directors at Passion LA Southside, they are the front line leaders who are charging in the Kingdom. Byron and Natalie care about our youth and strive to provide them with all the resources they need in order to become successful leaders in their home communities. They are committed to empowering today’s youth to be the leaders of tomorrow - and couldn’t have gotten this far without your generous contributions. Partner with Byron and Natalie, and make the biggest impact on the lives of our community’s youth.

NOTE: The link below will redirect you to another site (Youth For Christ) in which you can support Byron and Natalie's mission by becoming a one time or monthly donor. Simply click on "An Individual YFC Staff Missionary" and search for Byron Apen and Natalie Bock. Thank you for partnering with us!


Passion LA Network

Passion LA Southside is a portion of the larger Passion LA Network. Our network has a total of two campuses in East and South LA, both running weekly youth programming, discipling young urban indigenous leaders and connecting with different non-profits, schools, and organizations. Both campuses fall under the greater Passion LA umbrella, same mission - different campuses.


Contact Us

1672 W 20th St Los Angeles, CA 90007

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