Project Hope Alliance CEO Represents O.C. In D.C. As Expert Panelist

On Wednesday, April 20, our fearless leader Jennifer Friend attended the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., as an expert panelist in the Latin American Youth Center's (LAYC) "Solutions for Youth: An Evaluation of the Promotor Pathway®" release event.

LAYC unveiled the findings of the Urban Institute's five-year study on the impact of Promotor Pathway®, an intensive client management model for disconnected and disengaged youth. The program has been highly successful for the past eight years, leading to support from organizations such as the Social Innovation Fund and World Bank. Through a unique partnership, we replicated the model in Orange County for homeless and unstably housed youth and launched our Promotor Pathway® Program in January 2016.

The randomized control trial, multi-year study tracked 476 youth over 18 months to analyze the effectiveness of the model and its impact on the lives of participants. The results were astounding. The treatment group receiving a Promotor was:

  • 1/3 more likely to be enrolled in school
  • 1/3 less likely to have a child
  • 60% less likely to have slept in a shelter or streets

Project Hope Alliance (PHA) is one of only two other organizations nationwide chosen to execute this program. According to the Orange County United Way's 2015 Community Indicators Report, there are more than 32,000 homeless and unstably housed children in Orange County.

The Latin American Youth Center chose us to replicate Promotor Pathway® because of our strong and experienced leadership team, focus on data-driven programming, and shared deep commitment to ensuring that homeless and disconnected youth are given the best possible chance for a successful transition to adulthood.
— Jennifer Friend, Project Hope Alliance CEO

Our Promotor Pathway® Program builds a collaborative and long-term partnership between the children we serve, ages 14-24, and an experienced promotor who offers comprehensive guidance and support 24/7. Promotores are professional intensive case managers who also act as a combination of youth development workers, advocates, and mentors for homeless and unstably housed youth. The ultimate goal of the Promotor is to eliminate as many barriers in a homeless youth's life as possible, so that each youth achieves the goals of increased academic success, transition to work, and improvement in healthy behaviors. 

Currently, two PHA Promotores work onsite at Newport Harbor High School providing the above services to homeless and unstably housed students. Locally, our Promotor Pathway® partners include the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, OC Department of Education, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (located across the street from Newport Harbor High School; they provide workspace), and various organizations that provide educational, counseling, and vocational resources. Like other programming at PHA, the Promotor Pathway® Program is slated for replication. 

A distinguished group of panelists, along with moderator Michael Smith, Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Senior Director of Cabinet Affairs for My Brothers Keeper, discussed the results of the LAYC study on April 20. Other panelists included Lindsay Buss, Senior Officer at the World Bank; Melissa Bradley, Executive in Residence at American University; and Mike Pergamit and Brett Theodos, Researchers at the Urban institute. Watch the full program below.