Dropout Recovery Model for Youth: An Innovative Partnership Between a School District and City Government

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Aired on: October 14th, 2014

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Robert Sainz

Mr. Robert Sainz, as the manager of more than $100 million in public agency grant funds for the city of Los Angeles, has been lauded for seeking, encouraging or creating social change throughout his 20 year career in public service. Mr. Sainz was instrumental in the collaborative development of the LAUSD and City of Los Angeles Partnership to reverse the district’s dropout rate. A coalition of support from law enforcement, business, professional counselors and a network of intervention programs have significantly decreased dropout and increased student recovery. Mr. Sainz also served the city as Executive Director of its Youth Opportunity Movement. He received his B.A. from UC Santa Cruz and his MPA from Columbia University.

Debra Duardo

Dr. Debra Duardo is among the nation’s foremost experts in the area of dropout prevention and recovery. As Executive Director of Los Angeles Unified School District’s Health and Human Services, she was a key member of the district and City of Los Angeles collaboration that helped improve graduation rates and encourage dropouts to return to school. With a personal story not unlike those of students facing a dropout decision, Dr. Duardo holds an MA in social work from UCLA and an EdD from the school’s education and information studies program. She has served LAUSD as a counselor, assistant principal and director of dropout recovery and prevention. Her commitment to students and education have earned her the Durfee Foundation’s prestigious Stanton Fellowship in addition to a mayoral appointment to LA’s Commission for Community and Family Services.

This Week's Topic

In an effort to address the dropout rate, LAUSD Pupil Services and the City of Los Angeles Economic Workforce Development Department collaborated on a comprehensive dropout recovery model in high-need communities to reengage youth back into an educational setting. Duardo and Sainz will discuss how the innovative model, cited by the U.S. Department of Education as a national model for dropout recovery, was developed.


Presentation Slides pdf

González-Rivera, C. (2014). Bridging the Disconnect  pdf. Center for an Urban Future.

Los Angeles YouthSource Centers. (2014).

Selena C. Barajas-Ledesma, MSW, M. E. (2014). Pupil Services/ YouthSources – City Partnership.

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