Rubidoux Youth Opportunity Center
California Family Life Center (CFLC) a non-profit youth serving agency is the lead agency of the Rubidoux Youth Opportunity Center who provides core services to include recruitment and outreach services to at-risk youth (targeting out-of-school youth), intensive case management, referral and resources, follow-up activities, administration, and fiscal management. The Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) has 13,634 square feet of space that houses a conference room to conduct workshops, a computer lab with 12 computer stations, and a large basketball gym for recreation activities for youth and their families, a state of the art sound studio, and classroom space for educational and vocational training. The Rubidoux YOC provides career development services linking at-risk youth ages 14 to 24 to paid work experience, helping youth upgrade their education and work readiness skills, offering personalized job search assistance and guiding youth to succeed in the workplace.
The collaborating partnership includes Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE), Alternative Schools, Riverside Community College District-Riverside City College, Worth Visual Art Education, Jurupa Unified School District, Smooth Transition, Stewart SMPS Pro, Small Wonder, Riverside Community Health Foundation, Nexus Consulting, and One Stop Diversion. The collaborating agencies have many years’ experience with youth programs with a focus on youth development, education and employment opportunities. Each of the collaborating agencies within the partnership offer unique approaches to providing youth services. It is through the Rubidoux YOC that these agencies join together and bring experience, resources, and a strong commitment of working together, to provide high quality services for youth in the community. Our community partnership provides social support for youth and increases their personal efficacy. Our education component provides support to finish high school or complete equivalency degrees and encouragement to pursue higher learning. Preparing youth to enter postsecondary education includes exploring college options or advanced training. Our workforce development focuses to ensure a future workforce capable of meeting the needs of the 21st century and maintaining a prosperous economy and high quality of life in our region. The Rubidoux YOC places employment-ready youth in private sector internship and employment opportunities in our region. Our workforce development programs help businesses gain access to qualified candidates and provide young adults with training and jobs skills to advance their education and career.
We are excited that the Rubidoux YOC has received the CQI Certification, we will not lose sight of the real gains obtained through the CQI process. The real gains are improved business processes that mean reliability for our customers because of higher quality, better service, and long-term stability.
Through CQI we have performance systems that ensure continuous improvement in the delivery of value to our customers, employees, and other stakeholders.
An example of a great opportunity created through the CQI process is the focus that the Rubidoux YOC has on high school dropouts to help them gain their educational goals. Although we recognize there is no easy solution to the dropout crisis we provide multiple pathways to a recognized high-school diploma, GED credential, offer flexible open-entry and exit, provide opportunities to make-up missing academic credits, offer career-oriented curricula, provide support services, and offer postsecondary transition support to increase persistence and retention in education. Through our partnership with Riverside County Office of Education we connect youth for credit recovery through the “Come Back Kid”(CBK) program. The CBK includes preparing youth to pass the required California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). RCOE provides a teacher and tutoring assistance four days a week at the YOC. Especially for at-risk students, self-paced, personalized learning opportunities help them graduate and put postsecondary education within their reach. The CBK lead youth to a High School diploma as well as attainment of basic skills emphasis to pass equivalency tests, GED preparation program and GED testing.