Building Partnerships to Improve the Lives of Foster Youth

The LA Opportunity Youth Collaborative (OYC) is building a community of organizations working in concert to ensure that every youth is served in a holistic way.

Our Vision

Transition age foster youth in Los Angeles County have the knowledge and skills to allow them to achieve economic mobility and flourish in their personal lives.

Co-Coveners of the OYC

Upcoming Events

Our Campaigns

Foster Youth at Work
Foster Youth College Advancement Project
OYC Young Leaders

OYF Common Measures

The LAOYC originated in 2013 through the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions—Opportunity Youth Forum (OYF), a national network of urban, rural, and tribal communities seeking to improve education and employment pathways for opportunity youth.  Opportunity youth are individuals aged 16-24 who are or have previously been disconnected from school and work or have connections to the child welfare, justice, and/or homeless systems.


Opportunity youth have historically been difficult to count, as they are defined as a group which does not appear in either of two data sets – those in an educational program and those not working. With the OYF Common Measures, however, we can calculate—for each unique geographic area of an OYF collaborative—the overall opportunity youth disconnection rate, and the disconnection rates for high school, post-secondary and workforce annually for the entire community.


This two-page infographic describes the state of the Opportunity Youth Forum Common Measures for 2021 in summary, across the entire Aspen network.

The four measures are:
Overall community disconnection rate:

The rate of young people disconnected from work and school (i.e., opportunity youth; note systems involved youth are not included).

High school disconnection rate:

The rate of young people without a high school diploma/GED and not working who are disconnected from high school.

Post-secondary disconnection rate:

The rate of young people with a high school diploma/GED but without a postsecondary credential, who are disconnected from postsecondary education and not working.

Workforce disconnection rate:

The rate of young people with a postsecondary credential but not enrolled in postsecondary—who are disconnected from the workforce.

Get Connected

Join Careers For A Cause (CC) if you’re looking to begin your social services career! This is an 8-week pre-employment training program offered by East Los Angeles College to prepare East LA area residents to compete for careers in social services such as Community Health Workers and Peer Support Specialists. Participants selected for the program will receive case management and supportive services during training.

Two informational sessions will be held on July 18th 11-12pm and August 9th 11-12pm! Application deadline is August 16th.

To submit an application, click this link: OR scan the QR Code.

A fantastic opportunity for young people (ages 12-21) to take the first step towards their professional journey. Any youth involved in CASA/LA programming can enjoy a free professional headshot photo session 📷 and a resume-building group to level up their professional profiles. Resume examples and templates for youth will be provided, as well as one-on-one support.

How do youth sign up to attend? Youth involved in CASA programming should use the QR code provided on the flyer to sign up for a date/time that works for them.


Created by the QPR Institute, Question, Persuade, and Refer is a 3-step model anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to Question, Persuade, and Refer someone to help. Practical strategies and tips will be offered throughout the training and time for questions and answers with Department of Mental Health trainers will be provided.

Register here:

Discover the exciting and diverse opportunities in the food industry! Whether you’re passionate about culinary arts, food science, or food business management, this session is for you. Join Kollab Youth for a virtual career session on Thursday June 27th 4:30-5:30pm. #careerexploration

Scan the QR code to apply or open this link in your browser:

Looking for a way to replenish your mental health? Join Kollab Youth on Saturday June 22 for a Mental Health Wellness Boot Camp 🥾🏕️ This special event will be led by Teela Allen, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor, and Published Author. Join for a morning that will promise inspiration and empowerment, focusing on bolstering your mental health! #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthforyouth

Sign up here or scan the QR code:

Join the Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth (RHEP) as they unveil results from their 2023 Bi-Annual Youth Survey! Register for the upcoming webinar where speakers will outline outcomes & important insights into how LA County youth in #fostercare receive sexual & reproductive healthcare, education, and services. 💻 @rhep_ca