The Pathways initiative provides case management services to support a goal of 243 out of 250 youth re-engagement services in partnership with San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). Activities will take place primarily at the youth “pilot re-engagement center” that will be located in a designated youth room at the South Metro AJCC. In addition, staff will conduct outreach in the community and at school sites where youth may be targeted for recruitment and re-engagement. The specific neighborhoods include: Lincoln Park, Colina del Sol, and Stockton-Logan, selected based on need indicators such as high school dropout rate, high number of youth on probation, high teen birth rate, and concentrated poverty.
The youth re-engagement center pilot project is part of the broader San Diego Youth Development Office’s (YDO) Youth Opportunity Pathways Initiative (PATHWAYS) that targets youth ages 16-24 who are not connected (or are insufficiently connected) to education, training and employment. PATHWAYS is an initiative funded through a grant from The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions, with support from The California Endowment.
In partnership with the SDUSD and PATHWAYS, WIA Youth funds will be leveraged to provide the case management and intensive wrap-around services that will support a youth’s successful re-engagement and transition to education and/or occupation skills training. SDUSD has committed to leverage resources to create a systemic approach to dropout recovery and transition services, expanding their dropout recovery efforts and enhance supports to students who are at severe risk of dropout due to chronic absences, credit deficiency, low reading and math skills and English language proficiency. Utilizing the national best practice model – Check & Connect Mentors – SDUSD will fund staff positions to provide academic coaching and mentoring to the youth enrolled in the re-engagement center.