The Youth Services Academy (YSA) is a partnership program involving the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
The YSA program was developed in 1990 to assist students identified as being at risk for not completing high school to stay in school and graduate.
The YSA program provides its students with basic life skills needed to succeed in today’s work world. There are four components to the program: the worksite, the LAUSD diploma program, the cooperative vocational education class, and community service.
Job skills training and mentoring are provided at the worksite by LADWP employees who want to make a difference in a young person’s life. Students work up to 16 hours per week at various LADWP and City of Los Angeles (City) locations.
The LAUSD diploma program allows students to receive high school credit for receiving job training at LADWP and for attending the vocational education class. Students must earn a minimum number of credits each semester towards high school graduation in order to maintain their enrollment in the YSA program.
The vocational education class is a weekly three hour class that teaches a work skills curriculum dealing with goal setting, self esteem, basic academic support, interviewing skills, and resume writing. LAUSD instructors teach this class, as well as provide support to students and mentors by conducting regular visits to the worksite.
For information about the Youth Services Academy, please email Recruitment Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.