Director of YouthSource & Education Department
Ana Aguirre is Director of the YouthSource & Education Department (YSED). YSED operates youth workforce development initiatives in three areas: Pacoima/San Fernando, East Hollywood, and Pico-Union, and serves over 600 youth annually, providing case management, college and career support, academic services, and personal development opportunities. The frameworks used to support youth utilize trauma-informed practices and a youth-centered approach, both incorporating a strength-based perspective. The values of the department are knowledge, empathy, and youth-centered, and the overall goals are academic success and placement into employment, college, and careers, with the long-term goal of self-sufficiency.
Ana is deeply committed to access to education and careers as a means to break cycles of poverty among youth. She grew up in an immigrant working class family, and faced similar challenges and barriers to education and opportunity as the communities YPI serves. Specifically, she is an advocate for youth who are traditionally underserved and overlooked in our educational systems, both from a programmatic and policy perspective. Education has opened up doors for Ana that would not have otherwise been available, so she hopes to work to empower other youth and support their educational goals and opportunities.