The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Pupil Services Unit and the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) of the City of Los Angeles have partnered to address the high school dropout crisis and implement student recovery efforts. This collaboration represents our shared commitment to provide services to high need communities within the City of Los Angeles.
In an effort to address the dropout rate, the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department and the LAUSD Pupil Services Department collaborated to develop a comprehensive dropout recovery model. Since 2012, the City Partnership Program has supported our highest need communities with the highest dropout rate in an effort to re-engage our youth back into an educational setting. Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors have been co-located within City of Los Angeles YouthSource Centers and community based organizations in order to serve our students collaboratively. These re-engagement centers also serve as an integral component of the Truancy Diversion Program where students that have been found violating the Daytime Curfew Law are referred to receive services.
Fulltime Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors are co-located in 13 YouthSource Centers located throughout the city. The Centers service youth between the ages of 16-24 with focus on re-engaging students to school and providing them with opportunities to develop work skills.
PSA Counselors work collaboratively with City YouthSource Centers to conduct student intakes, assessments, and determine appropriate interventions to identified at-risk students with behavioral, social and attendance related issues.
The primary goal of the PSA Counselor is to provide students support and services to overcome barriers that impede school attendance and academic achievement. PSA Counselors make appropriate referrals to necessary services and monitor student's progress.