The UCLA Community Based Learning Program (CBL) was founded as a vehicle to bring the resources of the university, especially its faculty and students, to the under-served communities of Los Angeles.
The mission of CBL is to assist youth, both teenagers and young adults, with the transition from youth to adulthood. This includes encouraging youth to move from secondary to post-secondary education and on to meaningful careers and productive adult lives. For the past 25 years, the program has worked with partners in the community, including schools, religious institutions and community-based organizations, to provide youth development activities, job training and educational services to young people throughout the City of Los Angeles. Historically, CBL has been engaged in communities of color with young people who have limited education and work experience. An important objective of the program is to introduce young people to cultural, educational, and work experiences that take them outside their immediate communities.
Workforce Investment Act Program (WIA)
The UCLA Community Based Learning Program (CBL) is part of the Office of Instructional Development at the University of California, Los Angeles. CBL provides a variety of programs that encourage youth to further their education, go on to meaningful careers, and lead productive adult lives. CBL receives funding from the City of Los Angeles through the federal Workforce Investment Act to provide the following services to youth ages 16-24:
Summer Youth Employment
For a number of years, CBL has operated a summer youth employment program. Each summer CBL provides employment for up to 500 young people through the Mayor's Hire LA initiative. The young people worked on the UCLA campus, in the community, and enjoyed four-to-five weeks of employment combined with educational enrichment activities.
After School Programs
In addition to youth workforce activities, CBL operates after school programs as part of California's 21st Century After school Learning Programs and LAUSD's Beyond the Bell Program. Activities include tutoring, preparation for post-secondary education, youth leadership development and other enrichment programs located in the following locations: