On November 15-17, alternative schools from across the country will be meeting in San Diego to discuss policies and practices for serving opportunity youth and other high risk populations. Among the experts presenting will be a team discussing how San Diego’s Pathways Opportunity Youth initiative has developed collective impact safety net programs to keep disengaged youth from falling through the cracks as they transition between the various educational and other public agencies.
Among San Diego’s dynamic presenters are Richard Vernon Moore, Executive Director of the Office of Youth Advocacy who supervises the Pathways student re-engagement effort--a unique partnership between the San Diego Youth Development Office, San Diego Workforce Partnership, Urban League of San Diego County and other agencies. Richard will be joined Becky Philpott, who designed and managed targeted youth intervention programs, including Check & Connect Pathways Opportunity Youth and other locally developed attendance and school engagement programs. Also presenting will be Ian Gordon, Director of the San Diego Youth Development Office which supports positive youth development strategies that advance the health and economic wellbeing of San Diego’s children, youth, families and communities.
Their work together addresses the policy and systems barriers that have led to the increasing number of Opportunity Youth in the region. Their leadership in a cross-sector collaborative of public, private and community based organizations, foundations, and businesses addresses high school dropout, post-secondary training and credentialing and employment in life sustaining careers in San Diego.
The Forum will take place on November 15-17 at the Coronado Island Marriott. Learn more and register here.