August 18, 2016
YPI’s Northeast San Fernando Valley YouthSource Center serves over 600 youth each year through a range of programs and in collaboration with its partners. Councilmember Felipe Fuentes led the groundbreaking for renovations and upgrades for the center. He was joined by Dixon Slingerland, Executive Director of YPI; Gary Lee, General Manager of Bureau of Engineering, City of Los Angeles; David Paschal, Assistant General Manager, General Services Department, City of LA; Robert Sainz, Assistant General Manager of Economic & Workforce Development Department, City of LA; and Captain Morales, LAPD.
[Photo from left to right: William De La Rosa, Robert Sainz, Dixon Slingerland, Gary Lee, Susan Wong, Felipe Fuentes, David Paschal, Captain Morales]
This project is generously funded by the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and by the Marcled Foundation. It’s a true testament to the hard work and commitment to this community over many years from various public entities and organizations. The center is an integral part of this community, and has served several generations of youth and families. Renovations includes an entrance that meets ADA standards, upgrades to plumbing and HVAC, work on the roof, and reconfiguration of the layout to maximize space and usage.
The YouthSource Center houses several workforce development initiatives like the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, YouthSource Center and YouthBuild, along with a Summer Youth Employment Program. Services provided include case management, college & career workshops and services, leadership development, recreational activities, and academic support through an on-site GED prep course or through its educational partner, Mission View Public Charter, who provides independent learning opportunities. Other partners include the LAPD Jeopardy Program and the Gr818ers Youth Group.