LAYC’s Promotor Pathway® National Network scales and replicates its signature youth development model, the Promotor Pathway®. As part of the Clinton Global Initiative America, LAYC committed to identifying national and regional partners to bring the model to other metropolitan areas with high rates of disconnected youth.
Launched in 2008, LAYC’s Promotor Pathway® is a long-term, relationship-based client management model designed to reengage youth whose obstacles such as lack of education, homelessness, trauma, substance abuse, and court involvement prevent them from accessing resources and achieving educational, employment, and healthy living goals. There are over five million young people 16-24 years of age in our country who are not on a pathway to educational and career success. Promotores, or intensive case managers, work one-on-one with youth to remove barriers, proactively encourage participation in a broad set of LAYC services, and connect them to other needed resources within the community so they may make a successful transition to adulthood.
In 2010, LAYC’s Promotor Pathway® was chosen by the White House’s Social Innovation Fund as one of the community organizations to be part of Venture Philanthropy Partner’s (VPP) youthCONNECT initiative. Participation in the Social Innovation Fund allowed LAYC to build the Promotor Pathway’s capacity to impact more young people. To date, LAYC has served over 400 disconnected youth in the region.
LAYC launched two replication sites in 2015 at Mano a Mano Family Center in Oregon, Salem, and Project Hope Alliance in Orange County, California.
Mano a Mano, whose mission is to help their clients become self-sufficient and empowered, serves low-income minorities and immigrants and is the oldest Latino-led community organization in the greater Salem area. Through services that include youth development, citizenship education, and food banks, Mano a Mano serves about 2,000 families in Marion and Polk Counties per year. Mano a Mano incorporated the Promotor Pathway® into their Youth Empowerment Program, which is a combination of all the services Mano a Mano provides tailored to youth.
Many traditional youth development programs look at youth as a thing to be fixed. The Promotor Pathway is focused on the youth, first and foremost. This is why we feel it will work for our youth in Salem. LAYC is an organization with lots of experience, and their training and support thus far have been excellent!” Levi Herrera-Lopez, Executive Director of the Mano a Mano Family Center
Project Hope Alliance works to end the cycle of homelessness one child at a time by lifting needful families up from homelessness and eliminating obstacles that prevent homeless children from attending and excelling in school. Project Hope Alliance is implementing the Promotor Pathway ® at Newport Harbor High School supporting up to 50 homeless youth from ninth grade until they turn 24. In February 2016, Project Hope Alliance received recognition from former President Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative for Promotores’ work with homeless youth.
The replication is the first for the Promotor Pathway and for LAYC. This is an opportunity to teach other youth-serving organizations the best practices and tools we have crafted as youth developers and social workers specializing in Latino, immigrant, and low-income communities of color. With LAYC’s Clinton Global Initiative America commitment, we will build the national network and identify partners throughout the country interested in our model.” Susana Martinez, LAYC Promotor Pathway Director
The Promotor Pathway completed collection of data for its randomized, controlled trial to evaluate impact in late 2014. We released the final report by the Urban Institute in April 2016. The report showed the intervention has positive effects on teen pregnancy rates, attitudes about education, and college enrollment. See results highlights.
Join the Promotor Pathway® National Network
LAYC aims to build the Promotor Pathway® National Network of providers at a minimum of six sites over three years, each site serving at least 20 youth (one Promotor caseload) per year, totaling at least 120 additional disconnected youth reached. LAYC will provide training, materials, and measurement tools to ensure fidelity to the model by all Certified Replication Partners.
For more information about the Promotor Pathway® National Network and other training opportunities, please contact Susana Martinez, LICSW, National Network Director at Susana@layc-dc.org.