ABOUT US

The ReLAY (Reconnecting Los Angeles Youth) Institute is a CSU5 initiative headquartered at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). ReLAY provides an innovative platform to transform service delivery systems in order to improve outcomes for the region’s opportunity youth — young adults ages 16-24 who are out of school and out of work, involved in the foster or probation system, parenting, and/or have experienced homelessness. 

OUR FOCUS

Our focus is on the regions opportunity youth. We define “opportunity youth” as young adults ages 16-24 who are out of school and out of work, involved in the foster or probation system, parenting, and/or have experienced homelessness.

OUR VISION & GOALS

We are an innovative platform to transform service delivery systems to improve outcomes for the region’s opportunity youth. Our goal is to catalyze collective action and provide leadership to improve the lives of opportunity youth. We also strive to build the capacity of public and private service providers through increasing their knowledge and analytic capacity, by capturing and sharing data, identifying best practices, disseminating innovation, and fostering networks.

STRUCTURE

We are an initiative of the CSU5 and headquartered at CSUN., A collaboration of public, private and philanthropic partners across LA County. Inclusive Advisory Board representing cross-sector Executive Leaders., and a regional intermediary that supports policymakers, practitioners and advocates focused on improving outcomes for opportunity youth.

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.

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.