U.S. Department of Labor Awards "Pathways to Justice Careers" Grant to YPI

June 27, 2016

Awards are part of Obama administration’s effort to break the cycle of poverty, crime and incarceration

 On June 24, 2016, at the Center for American Progress in D.C., U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, HUD Secretary Julián Castro, and Secretary of Education John King, announced a series of federal initiatives to provide employment services for at-risk youth and currently and formerly incarcerated individuals. The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) received one of just seven grants in the nation dedicated to serving youth through “Pathways to Justice Careers.”

YPI has been awarded $1,000,000 over two years to implement Pathways to Justice Careers in the Los Angeles Promise Zone. YPI will serve 250 youth (11th and 12th graders) who are either court-involved or at high risk, providing case management, career exploration, mentoring, and paid work experience in justice, public safety and emergency sector careers. Case Managers will assess and create a service plan for each participant, which will include ongoing case management, school-based mentoring services, life skills and soft skills workshops, career exploration workshops, academic tutoring, financial capability and matched savings accounts, postsecondary education workshops, paid summer employment, supportive services, the development of career pathway handbooks for public safety and emergency sector careers in Los Angeles, and follow- up services.

YPI is partnering with the City of Los Angeles Police Department, the LA Fire Department, the Emergency Services Department, the LAUSD School Police Department, the LA City Attorney’s Office, the American Red Cross, as well as the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board and City of Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department. School partners include LAUSD schools (Helen Bernstein High School, STEM Academy of Hollywood), a direct-funded charter school that is also part of the Helen Bernstein complex in Hollywood (APEX Academy), and an alternative education high school (Richard Alonzo Community Day School). Services will also be provided through YPI’s city YouthSource located in Pacoima. Read the U.S. Department of Labor press release Read the press release from LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Watch a video replay of the event

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