image of Youth Workforce Services students with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Youth Workforce Services students with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Student and Community Services (SCS) are the programs that provide mental health, family support and strengthening services, community leadership development, and Youth Workforce Services to our children and families. Much of this work focuses on Para Los Niños’ students, their families and their communities. SCS impacts our schools and surrounding communities such as Skid Row, Watts, Lincoln Heights, Pico-Union, Koreatown, USC North, and South Park in Downtown. Last year, SCS worked with more than 3,500 children and their family members, accounting for 68% of all of those served by Para Los Niños.

This past year, integration efforts deepened into our campuses with weekly meetings that consist of representatives from charter schools, mental health, family services, afterschool and special education. Through contract expansion, we brought new services to our on-campus presence, including an occupational therapist, a family engagement advocate, sensory integration therapists, and therapists who specialize in adult treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Beyond our school campuses and in-home work, SCS made strong progress last year in its work through Best Start Metro LA (BSMLA), a community and resident transformation program that covers a 100-block area southwest of downtown, where we launched resident led leadership trainings and a campaign to cultivate a “Culture of Respect”. In addition, Youth Workforce Services (YWS), serving more than 1,000 students annually, had 100% of its graduating high school seniors go to college.

Finally, last year also saw an additional $2.7 million in programmatic funding for Mental Health, Family Services, Best Start and YWS—a strong vote of confidence from our funders. We also were fortunate to receive a capital grant from The Ahmanson Foundation which allowed us to expand and rehab our mental health facility on Skid Row.

‘Scandal’ star, Darby Stanchfield, helps pack and deliver Thanksgiving meals with our Student and Community Services team

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