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

There are no upcoming Events at this time.

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

Let’s talk boundaries workshop for youth will be held this Saturday, June 15th from 2-4pm at the Alliance for Children’s Rights office 4525 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90010. Join us for our next workshop as we will discuss what boundaries are and different ways to practice healthy boundaries. There will be chances to win gift cards along with eating some good food 😋

Sign up here:

Our Senior Systems Change Coordinator, @breeezeee_bree , and Young Leader, @famous_taneil, at the DCFS’ inaugural Youth Employment Conference kicked off with a compelling former foster youth panel. 🗣️

“You have to trust the process and really believe in yourself, no matter what,” said Jose “Omar” Orozco, one former foster youth on today’s panel.✨

Have a passion for early childhood education? Interested in becoming an Assistant Teacher?

Sign up for the Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Assistant teacher Apprenticeship program today.

Apply today for the next cohort starting in August 2024 at Pierce College Woodland Hills. Deadline to apply is June 30th.

Embark on a transformative journey of growth and development as a mentee. Our Mentorship Program allows you to explore your passions, develop valuable skills, and achieve your goals through engaging activities.

Mentee Demographics:
Black & Brown Youth, Ages 13 – 24

Program Info:
6-12 months of thrilling dedication, Bi-weekly Check-Ins, Monthly adventures and exciting events

Apply here:

LADWP Summer Youth Internship Program is an 8 week program! Open positions include clerical positions in various departments: Engineering, geology, HV AC & DC Stations, Water

1. Must be an LAUSD student
2. A current junior or senior
3. Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher
4. Legally able to work in the US
5. Can provide proof of vaccination

Send your Cover letter and resume to Yesenia Mojarro @ -Specify preferred department!