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‘YouthSource’ Centers Open to Help Dropouts, Young Adults

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Unified School District officials on Oct. 12 announced they have teamed up to open 13 new YouthSource Centers across the city that will help youth find job and school counselors available reconnected students to schools.

“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.”

The YouthSource System will focus on helping in-school and out-of-school youth. The system is a redesign of the City’s OneSource Centers, which was centered on students in school only, according to the Mayor’s Office.

The centers are located in low-income communities that have the highest dropout rates including: East LA (serving the Franklin, Lincoln and Wilson high school attendance area), Boyle Heights (serving Mendez, Ramona and Roosevelt), Central Los Angeles, Harbor area, North and South San Fernando Valley, Sun Valley, and South LA/Watts.

LAUSD Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors all 13 of the centers will help dropouts get their education back on track, whether through their local high schools, community day schools, LAUSD & County continuation schools, community colleges, or GED programs, according to LAUSD.

“This partnership brings desperately needed resources to our students and families,” said Board President Mónica García in a written statement. “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.”

Councilmember José Huizar said the city has a moral and financial obligation to help high school dropouts get back on track and lead successful lives.

“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,” Huizar said in a written statement.

YouthSource participants must be 16-21 years-old, reside in the City of Los Angeles, and meet income requirements.

The centers are funded by the Federal Workforce Investment Act and a new $12 million grant from the Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund. The YouthSource System is managed by the City;s Community Development Department.