City of LA's Workforce Development Board and over 40 Partners Launch the LA Performance Partnership Pilot Strategic Plan for Serving LA Region's 170,000 Disconnected Young Adults

Los Angeles P3 2017 Strategic Plan - Serving Disconnected Youth
In partnership with Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Los Angeles Community College District, the Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) Initiative releases a strategic plan to address the employment, education, and housing outcomes for 66,000 City and 170,000 County disconnected high school dropouts, probation, foster and homeless youth

On August 2, 2017, an unprecedented LAP3 Strategic Plan was unveiled to address the nearly one out of six young people, ages 18-24 , in the City and County of Los Angeles who are both out of school and out of work.

The Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) is a federal designation through the US Department of Education which provided the initial funding for the coordination of multiple services for the Los Angeles’ 170,000 disconnected youth.

Through the work of the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District LA Community College District, LA Area Chamber of Commerce, and many other public and private agencies, a set of far reaching recommendations and actions are being presented to better coordinate and deliver services to this young adult population.

Despite near record low unemployment in the region, over 170,000 young people in Los Angeles County, will face current and future economic challenges, unless they are reconnected to educational and employment opportunities.

The 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Youth Count estimates that nearly 6,000 Transition Age Youth, ages 18-24 in the County are homeless on any given night, a staggering 64% increase over just last year.Quick Under-Employment Stats on Disconnected Youth in LA

“Every young adult in Los Angeles must be given the opportunity to fulfill their hopes and aspirations,” stated David Crippens, Chair of the City’s Workforce Development Board Youth Council. “Unfortunately, many young adults do not have the opportunity to graduate from high school, to receive post-secondary training, afford safe and secure housing, and receive health and mental health services. It is the opportunity of this region’s public and private institutions to provide equitable access to education, employment, housing and social services.”

The goal of LAP3 is to provide integrated services to 8,000 disconnected youth in Los Angeles, and to expand education and workforce services countywide to a similar number of youth. The Plan provides specific strategies to increase the employment and educational outcomes for the high school dropout populations as well as foster and probation youth populations. As a part of this strategy, an additional goal is to reduce the number of homeless young adults in the region.

Through the LA Performance Partnership to date:
  • Over $15 million a year goes to funding 14 Los Angeles YouthSource Centers in partnership with LAUSD and several other agencies to provide workforce and career services
  • LA County Workforce Development and Community Services is hiring its first LAUSD Pupil Service and Attendance Counselors in its America's Job Centers, and has committed $2 million dollars in conjunction with the LA County Probation Department to receive workforce and subsidized employment opportunities.
  • The Cal State University campuses in the region are working on development plans for a cross-sector institute focusing on disconnected youth, to be housed at Cal State University Northridge.
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Opportunity Youth Coalition are leading the partnership to provide hundreds of employment opportunities for foster youth this summer.
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti has provided leadership in creating over 15,000 employment opportunities targeting foster youth and young people from families receiving CalWORKs, as well as youth on probation, youth receiving General Relief, and homeless youth.
  • Regional capacity-building trainings like the Inaugural LA Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit Trainings are an essential component of the LAP3 initiative.
The Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) 2017-2020 Strategic Plan Serving Disconnected Youth report is available for review on the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department website.

About the Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3)

Announced by LA City Mayor Eric Garcetti on October 29, 2015, LAP3 is one of nine initial community designations by the White House's Interagency Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth initiative (P3) to give state, local, and tribal governments an opportunity to test innovative strategies.

This is done by offering them flexibility in the application of federal rules and the use federal funding streams to improve outcomes for low-income, disconnected youth, ages 14 to 24. LAP3 is part of the City of Los Angeles YouthSource System and LAUSD's Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors (PSAC) partnership, a recognized cross-agency effort by the U.S. Department of Education and the National League of Cities as a national model for re-engaging youth, and by the NYU Center for an Urban Future as a model for integrating workforce and educational services for youth.

LAP3's 2017 Strategic Plan maps out ways to bolster collaboration between the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Community College District, Los Angeles County, and host of private and community partners. LAP3's 2017 Strategic Plan is available at ewddlacity.com/index.php/about-ewdd/plans-reports.

LAP3 - Reconnecting the Disconnected Youth in LA