Living Advantage Partnerships With Usc And Verizon Helps Expand Their Youth Programs

Top Quote Living Advantage, through continued collaboration with the University of Southern California and Verizon, has implemented the Earn and Learn Program. End Quote
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) March 06, 2015 - There are nearly 30,000 foster youth living in Los Angeles County - and this year alone 2,400 young adults will have to leave the support of the foster care system forever. At the age of 21, their cases will be "terminated," and many times when they are released into the community they have minimal life skills, no financial support and no identity for the lack of birth certificates and social security cards. This leaves them vulnerable and they become victims by committing theft, prostitution and selling drugs for survival.

    Living Advantage, through continued collaboration with the University of Southern California and Verizon, has implemented the Earn and Learn Program, which provides 20 hours of paid career training, and 100 hours of paid work experience for over 300 youth and young adults in the SPA 6 district of Los Angeles, So Central LA. Training is comprised of life and career skills services such as mock interviews and workplace etiquette tips; work experience is provided with the option of permanent placement. These skills and experience are essential to preparing youth which include our targeted population; foster youth for transitioning out of the foster care system, by building economic and social stability and wellness.

    Living Advantage's partnerships with University of Southern California and Verizon span over seven years. Living Advantage received the USC Good Neighbor grant from 2011-2014, and partners with the Foshay Learning Center to provide tutoring, program evaluation, as well as source potential program participants. A USC source states that "[Pamela Clay, Executive Director] has demonstrated a great deal of passion for her work with foster youth and ingenuity in developing collaborations to leverage resources for the organization and youth who benefit from Living Advantage programming."

    Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, has funded Living Advantage since 2008 to continue its quest to better the lives of foster youth. A Verizon representative states that "Living Advantage is a rebuttable advocate for foster youth in Los Angeles County."

    About Living Advantage (, Inc.

The mission of Living Advantage, Inc. is to eliminate unemployment, homelessness and incarceration for youth in foster care living in Los Angeles County. We assist youth with locating and maintaining their vital life documents and family history. This provides them the opportunity to receive the much needed resources and services from the community on a consistent basis. Utilizing innovative technology and media enables us to better serve and meet their higher needs.

    About University of Southern California (
    The University of Southern California is a global research university that uses teaching, professional development, the arts, and public service to develop and enrich its students, faculty, and staff. The USC Good Neighbors Campaign has provided funding and support to build university-community partnerships for over 20 years, promoting education, healthcare, public safety, and economic development.

    About Verizon (
    Verizon is one of the largest technology providers in the world, providing innovative technology platforms to connect individuals, organizations, and economies. The Verizon Foundation strives to fund organizations that are making a true difference in education, healthcare, and energy management in underserved communities.

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    Living Advantage Inc Office Headquarters:
    7095 W. Hollywood Blvd. Suite# 726 Hollywood, Ca 90028
    (Tel) 323.731.6471
    LivingAdvantage ( @ ) gmail dot com

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