Planet Youth (Lake Elsinore)
California Family Life Center, the lead agency for Planet Youth, provides education and workforce development services for vulnerable youth including but not limited to juvenile offenders, group home youth, foster youth, youth aging out of foster care, kinship care, youth with disabilities, high school dropouts, and pregnant and parenting teens. The Planet Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) allows for program operations to be centralized and provides easy access for youth in the community and surrounding areas. The YOC has 3,200 square feet of space with a flexible floor plan that includes a conference room to conduct workshops, a computer lab with 20 computer stations, and office space for partnering agencies. Many other youth centered services are provided at the YOC and include; high school credit recovery, tutoring, vocational training, leadership development, community service projects, recreation and arts/culture workshops, and health education.
In an effort to provide the business community with work-ready employees we are using innovative and creative techniques that will grab youth’s attention and hold their interest, while they develop the necessary skills to compete in the 21st Century workforce. Our collaborating partnership includes Mt. San Jacinto College, Lake Elsinore Unified School District, Riverside County Office of Education, Worth Visual Arts, Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Court Diversion Program, Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County, Smooth Transitions Inc., and Nexus Consulting. Through our partnership we have developed efforts to help improve the economic environment in our local community and provide a significant investment in the workforce of our future.
Our vision has always been directed to make a positive impact on youth and connect them to education and workforce development. Through the CQI certification process and guidelines we have created new ways to bring focus and clarity to our vision as we bring good intentions to concrete outcomes.
Quality is about commitment and communication. Our organization has made a commitment to improve its processes. Because quality comes from within the organization, communication is then key so that everyone that works with or within our organization can fulfill the commitment to quality.
Our organization continues to aspire to being the best in the County, the State and Nationally, but more important we want to bring out the best in each of our youth.
The combining of quality creativity and innovation has created valuable services for youth in the community. We look to improve the services we provide by listening to our youth customers, empowering them to accomplish great things, including things that previously seemed impossible.
An example of great opportunity generated from the CQI certification process is our partnership with Mt. San Jacinto College to bridge high school dropouts into postsecondary education through the creation of a project called Student Success. Low-income, disconnected 16-24 year olds with little or no work experience are the focus of the partnership. With funding provided by the James Irvine foundation and Public /Private Ventures as the intermediary, CFLC’s Planet Youth has entered into a unique partnership with MSJC to connect these youth to higher education. MSJC Student Success Mentor’s begin by identifying the youth’s educational and career goals and barriers and behaviors that prevent them from finishing high school. In pursuit of these goals youth are supported as they prepare and test for GED or gain credits to achieve their high school diplomas and then begin the college enrollment process. Currently over 19 of these disconnected youth are enrolled in college.