FLIP THE SCRIPT

action plan

43,000

That is the number of 16-24 year olds in San Diego County not in school and not working. That means 9.7% of our region's young adults are disconnected from education and career. If unaddressed, the youth disconnection crisis will continue its negative impact on individuals, families, businesses, communities, and the overall growth and prosperity of San Diego County. These are opportunity youth. How can we flip the script from disconnection to opportunity?

On April 13, 2017, over 500 youth, young adults, parents, educators, service providers, funders, businesses, government leaders, elected officials and other stakeholders met at Flip the Script to better understand the story of San Diego's opportunity youth and outline an action plan to ‘cut the rate’ and ’halve the gap’ by 2020. 

cut the rate

7.3% by 2020

We must reconnect and prevent disconnection for an estimated  10,800 youth, reducing the rate  by 0.5% annually.

HALVE THE GAP

7.3% by 2020

By 2020, no neighborhood should be more than 4.4% above the countywide  disconnection rate. This would ”halve the  gap” between the area with the current  highest rate (18.6%) and the county  average, focusing efforts and resources on underserved communities.

A LEAKY PIPE:

DISCONNECTION IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM

LAST IN,
FIRST OUT:

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

BENCHED:

LABOR PARTICIPATION RATES

The Action Plan is organized by the three primary drivers of youth disconnection identified by Flip the Script: San Diego's Opportunity Youth

drivers

Flip the Script attendees were guided through an accelerated human centered design session to identify the key issues and opportunities that must be understood and addressed in our shared efforts to reduce youth disconnection. The results are summarized in the word clouds below.

What issues are most important to address in efforts to reduce youth disconnection?

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

financial stability

   MENTAL HEALTH CARE

mentorship PEER/COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

IMMIGRATION TECHNOLOGY

INTERNSHIPS housing

LEGAL SUPPORT EDUCATION

What barriers do local efforts and systems need to overcome in order to better serve opportunity youth? 

YOUTH ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY

staff professional development

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

OUTREACH/ENGAGEMENT

legislation GOVERNMENT

FUNDING

Which stakeholders need to be empowered to better support opportunity youth?

PRO-BONO/LOW-COST LAWYERS

  MENTORS local GOVERNEMENT

BUSINESS EDUCATORS/SCHOOLS

community SERVICE PROVIDERS

YOUTH FAMILY