Building Education and Employment Supports for Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Company Name

Simon Costello, Associate Director
Depa...
Background

o

6,000 homeless youth (up to 24 years) in LA County
(point in time)

o

In Hollywood, 40% of homeless youth ...
Presenting Issues and Challenges For Homeless
LGBTQ Youth

o Rejection and isolation
o Discrimination, homophobia,
transph...
At the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
Youth Center on Highland
o Drop-in and resource center, open 7 days a week
Emergency Over...
Homeless Youth Services: Strategies
and Outcomes
Trauma Informed
Services

Positive Youth
Development

Stable Housing &
Se...
Homeless Youth Services: Strategies
Trauma Informed Approach
o Takes into consideration the various and multiple sources o...
Education and Employment: Guiding Principles

School Attendance

Educational
Achievement

Early Work
experience

Long Term...
GED Preparation and Education Program
 GED Preparation Program
 Microsoft Office Training
 College Exploration, Prepara...
Career Development Continuum

Career
Awareness

Career
Preparation

Learn about
a wide
variety of
jobs and
careers

Age

C...
Employment Services

Goals:

Tools:
o Community Awareness Outings

o Explore career
opportunities
o Increase competencies
...
Community Collaborations: Guideline

o Co-operative agreement
Community
Collaborations

o Discuss and set expectations
o P...
Outcomes
o In the past 12 months:
 300 youth participants in the program
 45 community partners
 12 youth earned a GED
...
In 2010, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center received
federal funding to launch RISE (Recognize Intervene
Support Empower...
PROJECT OBJECTIVES
Research, develop and test best practices to assist LGBTQ
youth in the child welfare system:
(1) Find d...
Simon Costello
Associate Director of Children, Youth & Family Services
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
scostello@lagaycenter.org...
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Building Education and Employment Supports for Homeless LGBTQ Youth

  1. 1. Building Education and Employment Supports for Homeless LGBTQ Youth Company Name Simon Costello, Associate Director Department of Children, Youth & Family Services February 2014
  2. 2. Background o 6,000 homeless youth (up to 24 years) in LA County (point in time) o In Hollywood, 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ o In Hollywood, 40% of homeless youth have a history of foster care o Nationally, 25% of young people who come out to their parents are forced to leave home
  3. 3. Presenting Issues and Challenges For Homeless LGBTQ Youth o Rejection and isolation o Discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, harassment; physical, sexual and emotional abuse o Negative school experiences and interrupted education o Absence of role models and mentors o Dis-engagement o Lack of a sense of a positive future self
  4. 4. At the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Youth Center on Highland o Drop-in and resource center, open 7 days a week Emergency Overnight Bed Program o 20 beds for 18- 24 year olds, up to 36 days Transitional Living Program o 24 beds for 18-24 years old, up to 18 months Independent Living Program o 12 bed in supportive apartments LifeWorks o Youth Development Program RISE (Recognize Intervene Support Empower) o Research project to improve permanency for LGBTQ foster youth
  5. 5. Homeless Youth Services: Strategies and Outcomes Trauma Informed Services Positive Youth Development Stable Housing & Self-Sufficiency Employment & Education Core Outcomes Permanent Connections Well-Being
  6. 6. Homeless Youth Services: Strategies Trauma Informed Approach o Takes into consideration the various and multiple sources of trauma that youth have endured and how trauma impacts youth behavior and youth development; o Informs service delivery, training and policy; o Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) Framework; and o Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) multi-session, multi-group intervention Positive Youth Development Aims to support and increase a young persons ability to make healthier personal choices by providing them five fundamental resources or promises: o o o o o Caring Adults Safe Places A Healthy Start and Future Effective Education Opportunities to Help Others
  7. 7. Education and Employment: Guiding Principles School Attendance Educational Achievement Early Work experience Long Term Employment Success
  8. 8. GED Preparation and Education Program  GED Preparation Program  Microsoft Office Training  College Exploration, Preparation, Enrollment and Support  Engage  Motivate  Support  Celebrate!
  9. 9. Career Development Continuum Career Awareness Career Preparation Learn about a wide variety of jobs and careers Age Career Exploration Explore, research and plan for the future Gain work experience, skills and training 0–8 8 – 16 16 – 24
  10. 10. Employment Services Goals: Tools: o Community Awareness Outings o Explore career opportunities o Increase competencies o Learn the culture of work o Workshops – Speaker Series o Informational Interviews o Job Shadowing o Volunteer Opportunities o Internships o Build community supports o Job Placements
  11. 11. Community Collaborations: Guideline o Co-operative agreement Community Collaborations o Discuss and set expectations o Provide support to employer o Provide resources and Individual Placement and Support support to youth o Monitor and adjust o Celebrate!
  12. 12. Outcomes o In the past 12 months:  300 youth participants in the program  45 community partners  12 youth earned a GED  90 youth secured employment  33 internship placements of which 29 secured employment o Average length of stay at TLP is now 12 months (up from 7 months in the past 2 years) o 75% of clients who exited TLP secured permanent housing o 92% of 24 TLP youth are working, in school or both
  13. 13. In 2010, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center received federal funding to launch RISE (Recognize Intervene Support Empower) to: o Assist LGBTQ foster youth achieve permanency. o Increase acceptance and support for LGBTQ youth. Facts: o LGBTQ youth are disproportionately represented within the foster care system. o 40% of homeless LGBTQ transitional age youth spent time in foster care.
  14. 14. PROJECT OBJECTIVES Research, develop and test best practices to assist LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system: (1) Find durable family connections (2) Build supportive community connections (3) Achieve emotional permanency (4) Obtain legal permanency in homes where they feel safe, nurtured, and loved into adulthood.
  15. 15. Simon Costello Associate Director of Children, Youth & Family Services L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center scostello@lagaycenter.org (323) 860-3616

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