ReLAY Institute

UPLIFTING YOUTH UPLIFTS L.A.

A CSU5 Collaboration to Reconnect Los Angeles Youth  


WHAT IS ReLAY?

Hosted by the CSU5, headquartered at CSUN, ReLAY is a collaboration of public, private and philanthropic agencies from across LA County with an inclusive Advisory Board representing all stakeholders.

We define “opportunity youth” as those who are…

Out of School or Work

Foster Youth-
Ages 14 to 24

Involved in the Foster System

Homeless Youth-
Ages 16 to 24

Involved in the Criminal Justice System

Juvenile and Criminal Justice System- Ages 16 to 24

Have Experienced Homelessness

Youth Who have Dropped Out of School- Ages 16 to 24

5 Pillars
7 Strategic Objectives
5 Pillars

THE RESEARCH AND EVALUATION NETWORK

The Research and Evaluation Network conducts research and evaluation projects to address system-level barriers, evaluate and promote cutting edge strategies, and contribute new knowledge about best practices that will improve outcome-driven solutions for opportunity youth.

THE CONSORTIUM FOR PUBLIC POLICY EDUCATION

The Consortium for Public Policy Education generates research-based policy briefs and convenes roundtables that stimulate public dialogue to increase knowledge and analytic capacity of public/private sector partners, leading to improved policies and practices that enhance outcomes for opportunity youth.

THE ALLIANCE FOR ENGAGED LEARNING

The Alliance for Engaged Learning builds a network of CSU5 educational programs and public/private agencies to provide experiential learning opportunities (internships, service learning, and field work) for students and to provide necessary resources to the agencies.

ACADEMY FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Academy for Professional Development creates customized training and technical assistance programs to help promote rich learning experiences and improve the overall capacity of organizations and individual practitioners that serve opportunity youth.

THE INNOVATION HIVE

The Innovation Hive combines theory and practice to focus on improving outcomes for opportunity youth by developing “Regional Knowledge Hubs” supported by each CSU5 campus to advance change strategies and evidence-based solutions that support cross-sector partnerships.

7 Strategic Objectives

CROSS-SECTOR SUPPORT

Foster ongoing and robust cross-disciplinary and multi-university research, special projects, curriculum development and partnerships with industries, public systems and economic and community development organizations focused on supporting opportunity youth throughout the region.

CAPACITY BUILDING

Strengthen the collective capacity of regional public and private systems, to provide wraparound services and support a transformative seamless service delivery system to improve education, employment, and social outcomes specifically for foster, homeless, out of school or youth on probation.

PARTNERSHIP BUILDING

Create a long-term partnership between the CSU5 and public and private systems serving opportunity youth to support regional networks for collective engagement, collaboration and integration of existing and emerging programs and initiatives serving opportunity youth.

ADVANCING INNOVATION

Highlight regional innovative approaches and strategies that will shape and inform federal, state and philanthropic funding and initiatives that will effectively support opportunity youth.

FORTIFYING NETWORKS

Create a network for collective engagement, collaboration, and integration of existing and emerging programs initiatives serving opportunity youth.

CREATING SOLUTIONS

Create a platform to identify pressing issues, brainstorm solutions and elicit information to aid in the development of strategies that will enhance the capacity of institutions and communities to implement effective services supporting opportunity youth.

CONNECTIVITY

Draw together expertise from the CSU5, public system and nonprofit partners that would develop new models, seek special projects funding and provide long-term research and education resources.

Partners

Youth Source
YMCA
Workforce Development Board City of Los Angeles
Workforce Development Aging and Community Services
Right Way Foundation
The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund
County of Los Angeles Probation Department
Performance Excellence Partners
Opportunity Youth Collaboration
MEND
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
Los Angeles Community College District
Los Angeles County Office of Education
The L.A. Trust
Los Angeles Public Library
LA n Sync
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
LA Housing and Community Investment Department
LA Conservation Corps
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
heart
Eric Garcetti @MayorOfLA
Employment Development Department State of California
Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department
dpss
California State University Northridge
California State University Long Beach
Cal State LA
California State University Dominguez Hills
CSU5
CSH
Coalition for Responsible Community Development
County of Los Angeles California
City of Los Angeles
Los Angles Area Chamber of Commerce
Cal Poly Pomona
LA County America's Job Center of California
IntersectLA

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