Long Beach Awarded $1 Million Grant to Support the Promising Adults, Tomorrow’s Hope (PATH) Program!

I am honored to announce that the United States Department of Labor has chosen to award Long Beach a $1 million Pathways to Justice Careers grant to support the Promising Adults, Tomorrow’s Hope (PATH) Program.  This funding is significant as it is one of the final grants to be awarded under President Obama's Administration.  In addition, the City was one of only five organizations nationwide to receive the Pathways to Justice Careers grant.

In March 2016, my team, in collaboration with the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office and Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network (Pacific Gateway) launched PATH, an innovative youth diversion program aimed at giving young people the second chances they deserve.

Grounded in scientific research on adolescent brain development, the PATH Program offers youth (ages 16-24) who have committed a minor offense, a choice: occupational training, life skills development, mentoring, job placement and post-secondary education or criminal prosecution.

I am proud to have led the charge at City Council on such a critical and necessary effort, but it wouldn't have been possible without the leadership and partnership of City Prosecutor Doug Haubert and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.

The Pathways to Justice Careers grant is awarded to programs that expose at-risk youth to justice and emergency services careers, mentorship and encourage participants to complete their education and provide services that help them avoid engaging or re-engaging with the criminal justice system. This funding will provide career training for 250 youth at risk of dropping out of high school, becoming involved in the criminal justice system, or already hampered by juvenile records.

This is an incredible win for Long Beach! 

Since its inception, the PATH Program has reached nearly 180 young people.  Roughly 135 participants have either created or updated their resume, leading them to various internship and employment opportunities.  With the new funding, we will continue to keep our young people on track for success.

When we give our youth second chances, it doesn't just make a difference in District 9, but in fact, makes our entire city better.

If you or someone you know would like to be a mentor, or can offer employment or internship opportunities for participants, please contact our office at (562) 570-6137.

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commented 2017-02-15 09:10:36 -0800 · Flag
Very good. I see lot’s of kids at the skate park that would love a secondary diversion.