Students join Johan Uvin from the Department of Education at P3 Youth Voices Panel in Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center
Last week, Los Angeles was selected by the Obama Administration for the first ever Performance Partnership Pilot Awards for Disconnected Youth (P3). Along with four other cities, Los Angeles will receive start-up grants to implement programs that will improve outcomes for “disconnected youth” ages 14-24 across Los Angeles County—older youth who have dropped out of school and are not employed.
Of greater importance than the funding, however, P3 includes flexibility around federal program rules and regulations that have proven barriers in serving disconnected youth. This vulnerable population includes foster, homeless, incarcerated and low-income youth who seek job training, employment, and continued education.
“For the first time in Los Angeles history, the City, County, and LAUSD are now pooling $80 million in existing federal funding for the benefit of youth who face enormous obstacles in achieving academic and career success,” said Dixon Slingerland, Executive Director of YPI. “The P3 opportunity marks an innovative extension of the work that’s been underway in the Los Angeles Promise Zone and Promise Neighborhood, and takes it to a whole new level.”