Statistics of Disconnected Youth in Los Angeles
City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department staff gathered with several partnering agencies Wednesday August 2 to unveil the Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) 2017-2020 Strategic Plan Serving Disconnected Youth.

“We’re really seeing that the model is working,” said Angela Rosales, Youth Systems Integration Manager for Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a LAP3 partner.

An estimated 70 people attended representing approximately 40 agencies including key partners the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development Aging and Community Services, Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Community College District. Los Angeles was one of nine communities selected by the White House in fall 2015 for the Interagency Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3), an initiative that gave state, local and tribal governments an opportunity to test innovative strategies to help youth ages 16-24 who are not in school or working a chance to reconnect with educational and employment opportunities.

EWDD led the LA effort with a $700,000 grant that gave agencies flexibility to use dollars that might otherwise be restricted. As part of the pilot program, a new integrated service model placed LAUSD pupil service and attendance counselors at the City’s Youth Source Centers, along with resources to housing and social services, creating a one stop shop for youth to receive guidance to determine what classes, graduation requirements and services are needed to finish high school and assist with a successful transition to college or employment.

This cross-agency model was nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the National League of Cities as a best practice for re-engaging youth. The NYU Center for an Urban Future also recognized the model as a best practice for integrating youth educational and workforce services.

The LAP3 Strategic Plan outlines a blueprint for implementing the program in the region. In the next few months, the plan will be presented to key partners for acceptance and adoption, including the LA Mayor and City Council.

“They were able to help me get back on track,” said Ashly Palomares, one of the LAP3 Youth Ambassadors at the event who shared how the program helped them. “Now I’m at Cal State LA working toward becoming a social worker.”

The Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) 2017-2020 Strategic Plan Serving Disconnected Youth

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATESfrom the week of 7/31/2017. Read this issue and more.