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2023 Impact: Improving Engagement of Opportunity Youth

In 2019, The Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) launched an automated referral system (ARS) to support child welfare workers with referring youth to public workforce services, following advocacy efforts by the L.A. Opportunity Youth Collaborative (LA OYC). However, after two years of implementation, ARS foster youth referrals remained low.

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2023 Impact: LAUSD Receives California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP) Grant

In May, Los Angeles Unified, a long-time L.A. Compact partner and signer, received a $30 million CCSPP investment to sustain and expand the District's Community Schools Initiative (CSI) for another five years. Community schools mobilize resources and transform instruction to more effectively meet the needs of students, building and leveraging partnerships to improve student outcomes such as attendance, academic achievement and high school graduation. In particular, community schools address local student and family needs in a culturally responsive manner, centering schools as important community conveners.

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2023 Impact: K-16 California Investments Crosswalk Launch a Success

California made unprecedented investments in college and career pathways and the whole child approach in 2021-23 state budgets, including $128 billion for K-12 and community colleges. However, budget increases for long-underfunded education and youth development priorities were delivered with little state guidance to regions on aligning funds to achieve the greatest cross-system impact.

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2023 Impact: L.A. Region K-16 Collaborative

UNITE-LA is the proud convener of the L.A. Region K-16 Collaborative, aimed at closing postsecondary attainment and workforce gaps for students of color by streamlining pathways into health care, engineering and computer science careers. UNITE-LA made significant progress in 2023 by formalizing five subregional partnerships, allocating $7.57 million in subgrants to advance high-impact strategies around enhancing dual enrollment, transfer pathways and work-based learning opportunities for students across L.A. County.

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2023 Impact: UNITE-LA’s Work with CA FWD in 2023

UNITE-LA co-hosted a Regional Energy Policy Convening in August in partnership with CA FWD, focused on the opportunities, barriers and resources needed to make energy independence and reliability a reality. UNITE-LA was invited to share best practices related to cleantech workforce development through the LA Regional Cleantech Academy and featured our partners from Avantus, LACI and LACCD as speakers in the program. UNITE-LA facilitated a breakout discussion focused on the workforce pipeline in the energy sector, while other conversations focused on the hydrogen economy and solar energy. Input gathered from these sessions informed statewide policy advocacy, building on CA FWD's Energy Call to Action and Infrastructure Acceleration Report, which provide a framework for how stakeholders can break through silos and work across sectors to advance energy solutions.

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2023 Impact: Education Means Business Policy Webinar

On Oct. 25, UNITE-LA hosted an Education Means Business Policy Webinar with California's Assembly Majority Leader Isaac G. Bryan.

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Response to Gov. Newsom's Proposed Budget

UNITE-LA recognizes the work of Gov. Newsom in maintaining his commitments in a difficult budget cycle to protect and advance child care, TK-12 schools and higher education. We urge the Governor and Legislature to not lose sight of California's pandemic-recovery emphasis on creating a strong education and workforce system that stimulates economic mobility, particularly for our historically marginalized communities.

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Partner Spotlight: California African American Chamber of Commerce

This month's partner spotlight belongs to the California African American Chamber of Commerce (CAAACC). As California’s largest statewide, Black chamber organization, their educational and advocacy programs are directly in line with the work of UNITE-LA. The CAAACC drives equitable public policies that expand access to economic opportunities and level the playing field for African American businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as the African American community overall.

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UNITE-LA Today: My Pathway to Health

Over the last month, UNITE-LA’s My Pathway to Health program has seen many successes as we transition from allied health training to job placement.

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Partner Spotlight: Helping UNITE-LA Take Flight

For the past 10 years, The Boeing Company has supported UNITE-LA’s work to build a strong 21st century workforce prepared for STEAM careers in our region.

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