Obama Administration Announces New Pilot to Help Disconnected Youth at Equity Summit 2015

11 Nov 2015 |
At the PolicyLink Equity Summit 2015, the Obama administration announced the pilot of Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3) -- a new program to help local leaders better leverage Federal funds to achieve significant improvements for disconnected youth in educational, employment, and other key outcomes. During the launch of PolicyLink's All-In Cities initiative Thursday, Broderick Johnson, Assistant to the President and Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, announced the initial nine cities, states, regions, and tribal communities across the nation that will make up this groundbreaking pilot.
The nine P3 pilot states, regions, localities, or tribal communities will be: Baton Rouge, LA; Broward County, FL; Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Los Angeles, CA; the State of Oklahoma; Seattle, WA; Southeastearn Kentucky; and Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo.  P3 will set up Performance Partnership agreements with these sites, providing them with additional flexibility in using discretionary Federal funds in exchange for securing concrete outcomes for disconnected youth, who are defined as individuals aged 14-24 who are low-income and either homeless, in foster care, involved in the juvenile justice system, unemployed, or not enrolled in or at risk of dropping out of an educational institution. Pilot areas will also receive $700,000 in initial funds to facilitate implementation. 
For example, pilots will implement solutions such as helping low-income moms acquire the skills to become better parents while gaining valuable job experience through childcare internships, helping foster youth successfully transition from high school to college or employment, and intervening with the highest-risk youth before they drop out of high school. Led by the Department of Education, P3 brings together six federal agencies including the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Justice as well as the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Institute for Museum and Library Services to help communities address common barriers.  
The announcement dovetails with the goals of All-In Cities -- a new PolicyLink initiative launched during the plenary to empower city officials, community advocates, and other civic leaders with policy ideas, data, and hands-on assistance they need to advance racial economic inclusion and economic growth.  This launch took place at Equity Summit 2015, one of the largest conferences on racial and economic equity of the year, which gathered nearly 3,000  advocates, activists, policymakers, funders, and private sector partners in Los Angeles on October 27-29. More information on All-In Cities is available here and through the All-In Cities report, released at Equity Summit 2015.