YouthSource Centers Helping Kids Get back on Track


Fulfilling his 2011 Student Recovery Day promise, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled 13 new Youth Source Centers and a redesigned student recovery system within the City of Los Angeles on Friday.

“The new YouthSource System will provide our future generations the opportunity to get back on the right track,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “Today we are sending the message loud and clear that in Los Angeles, every student is eligible for a second chance.”

Developed and managed by the City’s Community Development Department and made possible through $13 million annually provided by the Federal Workforce Investment Act and a new $12 million grant from the Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund, the new YouthSource System features universal access components and is focused on getting out-of-school youth back in the classroom and armed with a high school diploma.

Located in low-income areas across the City, the 13 YouthSource Centers will prepare young people to be college and career ready. Service will be targeted to areas of the City with schools that have the highest dropout rates.

The three centers located in San Fernando Valley are:

  • Youth Policy Institute
    11844 Glenoaks Blvd.
    San Fernando 91340
  • El Proyecto del Barrio
    9030 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
    Sun Valley 91352
  • El Proyector del Barrio
    20800 Sherman Way
    Los Angeles 91306

The main goal of these centers will be to re-engage out-of-school youth by reconnecting students appropriately with high school, community day schools, LAUSD & County continuation schools, community colleges, or GED programs.

To get involved with the new YouthSource System, participants must be 16-21 years-old, reside in the City of Los Angeles, and be income eligible. Participants are asked to be involved with the program for at least one year during which time they will receive guidance from trained and experienced staff on a range of services including reenrolling in high schools, alternative high school services, counseling and mentoring, college preparation, employment and work readiness, career exploration, occupational skills training, and computer training.


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