Examines the implementation and lessons learned from a program aimed at enhancing high school dropouts educational and employment outcomes.

This report covers the lessons learned from the implementation of the Los Angeles Reconnections Career Academy (LARCA), a program managed and funded by the Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD) of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board with the goal of “address[ing] the needs of over 1,000 dropout youth by providing participants with access to education and employment programs using a career pathways model, alongside case management services and other supports” (p.ES-1). The LARCA program services were delivered through six provider agencies, each chosen for “its experience in working with the dropout population, its geography, its experience delivering services similar to those prescribed by the LARCA program, and its own network of partner providers” (p.ES-2).

“The LARCA program employed an innovative and potentially effective model for successfully re-engaging dropout youth. While providers had some leeway in structuring the content and sequence of their LARCA program elements, they adhered to a standard set of activities: recruitment and intake, including eligibility and suitability screening; delivering case management and comprehensive services, including opportunities for work readiness training, life skills workshops, youth development activities; and providing participants with education, vocational training, and placement services” (p.ES-2).

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