College Sponsorship provides financial assistance for foster youth to attend four year colleges/universities without the fear of an overwhelming financial burden and offers support services and personalized attention to recipients, with the goal of increasing college graduation rates for foster youth. Program services include:
Operation Emancipation is RightWay Foundation’s revolutionary, flagship employment and life-preparedness program for foster youth transitioning to adulthood. It is a 6-part initiative to help current and emancipated foster youth gain financial independence and make a safe, comfortable transition into self-sufficiency when they exit the foster care system. It is revolutionary in the way in which it couples mental health services with job readiness and financial literacy training, and in the inspirational leadership of its facilitators.
We provide seamless, integrated and comprehensive academic, workforce and post-secondary education preparation and training, including paid and unpaid work experience, basic skills training, computer literacy, mentoring, career counseling, job placement, case management, and other activities. Para Los Niños also provides paid work experience to hundreds of youth every year. Our goal is to place young people on the path to living wage jobs with career ladders.
To accomplish our mission of vastly improving outcomes for foster youth, we focus on federal policy with the United States Congress through: congressional policy round tables; listening tours in congressional districts; and congressional foster youth shadow experience. We mobilize a grassroots network to support child welfare reform and engage youth in career preparation opportunities.
We are working with other county departments, cities, local workforce development boards, non-profit organizations and businesses throughout the county to put young adults to work, provide first time work experience and help them develop to be our future workforce. For those eligible, participation may continue through our Los Angeles County Youth Jobs Programs, the only year-round youth program in the nation. Gain valuable life skills that will help develop long term employment opportunities.
Young adults ages 14 to 24 can participate in Hire LA's Youth Employment Program and get connected with local businesses that are ready to hire! The program will give you the skills and confidence to pursue the career field of your choice. Earn a Work Readiness Certificate and receive preferred job leads from Hire LA’s Youth employer partners.
Goodwill Southern California Youth Centers provide at-risk youth with leadership training, work-based mentoring, internships and paid work experience, as well as basic education, educational competency classes, tutoring and recreational activities. Last year our youth programs served over 2,000 individuals and placed 349 in employment.