Robert Sainz serves as the Assistant General Manager in charge of Operations for the City of Los Angeles where he has been instrumental in reinventing the Workforce Development System, establishing the FamilySource System, and founding the L.A. Youth Opportunity Movement. His work impacts the lives of thousands of young people and adults, creating opportunities for them to return to school, enter employment, and start careers.
Robert has over 20 years of local government service experience, addressing the social problems facing low-income residents, including the challenges of juvenile delinquency; youth and adult unemployment; and poverty. He has been engaged in policy development, program development and program implementation of a number of youth and community intervention programs. He previously served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Youth Opportunity Movement for the City of Los Angeles which provides educational, vocational, and career opportunities for over 3,500 young people ages 14-21 in the most economically disadvantage areas of Los Angeles.
He is past president of US Conference of Mayor’s Workforce Development Council and has received numerous awards for his work including the Durfee Foundation’s Stanton Fellowship. He received his BA degree from UC Santa Cruz, MPA from Columbia University, and post-graduate work from the University of Southern California.
The State of Disconnected Youth in Los Angeles In 2012, Los Angeles Unified School District and the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department implemented a new systematic partnership approach, with the goal of reengaging the city’s 100,000 out of school youth. The YouthSource System utilized a number of promising practices including LAUSD Pupil Service and Attendance counselors to review students' academic history and develop a referral and re-enrollment plan; co-locating educational assessment and referral with workforce supports and training, and in some cases with alternative schools; and piloting co-location of education assessment and referral at city-run FamilySource centers designed to connect families to wrap around benefits and supports. Los Angeles has been thoughtfully collecting data and following student outcomes. Learn what they’ve learned in their five years of operation.
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