Supervisor Antonovich with Michael Cano, Wendy Luke, Trish Curry, MTA CEO Philip Washington, Helen Berberian, Harvey Kawasaki, and DCFS Director Philip Browning
The Board of Supervisors recognized leaders from the Department of Children and Family Services and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to announce that the “Youth on the Move” Metro pass program has received the 2016 National Association of Counties’ “Achievement Award.”
Initiated in 2012 by Supervisor Antonovich, the program was the first of its kind in the nation by a major transit agency. To date, the program has provided 5,583 tap cards to former foster youth ages 18-22. The “Youth on the Move” program provides free passes for travel throughout Los Angeles to foster youth through our county’s youth self-sufficiency program. Transportation gives young people an opportunity to attend school, seek job training or just to commute to work from home.
“County government must work effectively and efficiently to prepare foster and probation youth for a successful transition to productive adulthood,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “This countywide transit pass program — aimed specifically at foster youths transitioning to adulthood — is designed to be a tool to help them continue their education, search for work and be able to accept work.”