City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District Unveil New YouthSource

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 12, 2012) — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Mónica García along with Councilmember Jose Huizar, today unveiled 13 new YouthSource Centers and a redesigned student recovery system within the City of Los Angeles. This collaboration includes community partners at each YouthSource Center. The move marks the largest partnership ever between the City of Los Angeles and the LAUSD.

“This partnership brings desperately needed resources to our students and families,” said Board President García. “Together LAUSD and the City of Los Angeles are building the support network to connect with youth, provide support and guidance, and help students get to graduation.”

“By empowering our youth we empower our entire community,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “The new YouthSource System will provide our future generations the opportunity to get back on the right track. Today we are sending the message loud and clear that in Los Angeles, every student is eligible for a second chance.”

“We have a moral and financial obligation to help high school drop-out students get back on track and lead successful lives,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “Thanks to the 13 YouthSource Centers opening throughout the City, we’ll be doing just that with the support of the LAUSD. Special thanks to our non-profit partners, such as Para Los Ninos and Barrio Action Youth and Family Center in El Sereno for their work in ensuring that thousands of young people in our communities will get the second chance they deserve.”

Developed and managed by the City’s Community Development Department and made possible through $13 million annually provided by the Federal Workforce Investment Act and a new $12 million grant from the Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund, the new YouthSource System features a universal access component and is focused on getting out-of-school youth back in the classroom and armed with a high school diploma.

The YouthSource System is a redesign of the City’s OneSource Centers, which, by contrast, centered on job finding efforts for in-school youth. Seventy percent of all enrollments in the new YouthSource System are expected to be out-of-school youth.

“We are excited in LAUSD that as a city we have come together to re-engage our youth with viable programs to give students a second chance in earning a high school diploma,” said Michelle King, Senior Deputy Superintendent.

“LAUSD is excited about our partnership with the Community Development Department and the placement of LAUSD’s Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors at the 13 YouthSource Centers,” Debra Duardo, Director of Pupil Services for Los Angeles Unified School District said. “Working together we will improve our efforts to support out of school and at-risk students to overcome barriers that impede school attendance and academic success.”

“Included in this partnership is the Los Angeles School Police Department who have committed to finding resource resolutions to students who are in violation of Daytime Curfew ordinances by referring violators to YouthSource Center attendance counselors rather than issuing a citation to the Department of Probation,” said LAUSD School Police Chief Steve Zipperman.

Located in low-income areas across the City, the 13 YouthSource Centers will prepare young people to be college and career ready. Services will be targeted to areas of the City with schools that have the highest dropout rates.

YouthSource Centers will re-engage out-of-school youth by reconnecting students appropriately with high schools, community day schools, LAUSD and County continuation schools, community colleges, or GED programs.

Additionally, there will be LAUSD Pupil Services Coordinators at each of the City's 13 non-profit YouthSource Centers to help guide students back to school. Centers are expected to improve student retention and bolster academic proficiency through effective case management and supportive services.

To get involved with the new YouthSource System, participants must be 16-21 years-old, reside in the City of Los Angeles, and be income eligible. Participants are asked to be involved with the program for at least one year during which time they will receive guidance from trained and experienced staff on a range of services including reenrolling in high school, alternative high school services, counseling and mentoring, college preparation, employment and work readiness, career exploration, and occupational skills training, tutoring, and computer training.

The 13 YouthSource Centers are located at the following locations and serve the geographic area that includes the high schools listed below:

Central Los Angeles
UCLA at Central City Neighborhood Partners
501 South Bixel Ave
Los Angeles 90017
(213) 482-8618
TDD (213) 202-5348
High Schools: Belmont, Bernstein, Contreras, Roybal

Archdiocesan Youth Employment
3250 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 1010
Los Angeles 90010
(213) 736-5456
TDD (800) 732-8598
High Schools: Fairfax, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Marshall

East Los Angeles
Para Los Ninos
838 East 6th St
Los Angeles 90021
(213) 623-8446
TDD (213) 572-0628
High Schools: Franklin, Lincoln, Wilson

Boyle Heights Youth Opportunity Movement
1600 East 4th St
Los Angeles 90033
(323) 526-5800
TDD (323) 266-8290
High Schools: Mendez, Ramona, Roosevelt

Los Angeles Harbor College
1111 Figueroa Pl
Wilmington 90744
(310) 233-4097
High Schools: Banning, Carson, Gardena, Narbonne, San Pedro

North San Fernando Valley
Youth Policy Institute
11844 Glenoaks Blvd
San Fernando 91340
(818) 361-7108
High Schools: Arleta, San Fernando, Sylmar

El Proyecto del Barrio
9030 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Sun Valley 91352
(818) 771-0184
TDD (818) 252-6505
High Schools: East Valley, Frances Polytechnic, Fulton College Prep, Panorama City

South Los Angeles
Watts Labor Community Action Center
958 East 108th St
Los Angeles 90059
(323) 563-5634
TDD (323) 923-1586
High Schools: Jordan, Locke

Watts Youth Opportunity Movement
1513 East 103rd St
Los Angeles 90002
(323) 971-7640
TDD (323) 569-2251
Hich Schools: Fremont, Huntington Park, Jefferson, Riley, South Region #2

Brotherhood Crusade
200 East Slauson Ave
Los Angeles 90011
(323) 846-1649
High Schools: Crenshaw, Dorsey, Washington

Archdiocesan Youth Employment
3965 South Vermont Ave
Los Angeles 90037
(323) 731-8596
TDD (323) 731-6300
High Schools: Foshay LC, Manual Arts, Santee

South San Fernando Valley
El Proyecto del Barrio
20800 Sherman Way
Los Angeles 91306
(818) 710-5237
TDD (818) 716-6438
High Schools: Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Reseda

West Los Angeles
3415 South Sepulveda Blvd, Ste 130
Los Angeles 90034
(310) 572-7680
TDD (310) 572-7681
High Schools: Hamilton, University, Venice

Contact: Lizette Patron (323) 481-7346