Air Force Contract

CONTACT: Margie Yu,Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-5050

Cal State L.A. Receives $340,000 Training Contract from Air Force

Los Angeles, November 16, 1995 -- California State University, Los Angeles was recently awarded a $340,000 Air Force contract to develop a comprehensive training program for Air Force personnel working with at-risk youth. The proposal, "Air Force Youth Program for Identifying and Supporting At-Risk Youth," is a multidisciplinary collaborative effort of Principal Investigator Randall B. Lindsey, Associate Chair, Division of Administration and Counseling and Professor of Education; Co-principal Investigator Deborah Baskin, Chair and Professor, Criminal Justice Department; Kikanza Nuri Robins, consultant, Communication Studies and Urban Education; and Marcel Soriano, Professor of Education in the Division of Administration and Counseling.

Dr. Lindsey has a distinguished record of working with at-risk youth and with educators dedicated to serving these students. He has provided desegregation and diversity education training to school districts in California, Arizona and Nevada and conducted training sessions in team-building leadership skills, long-range planning, managing diversity, and community relations.

The year-long training project will have three phases. After a three-month period of data collection and analysis, the team will develop the training program which will include a manual to serve as an ongoing resource to personnel at Air Force bases throughout the United States and in Europe. The third phase involves "taking the show on the road," with the project team visiting six USAF bases -- five in the United States and one in Germany -- to provide training to Air Force personnel who will be working with families and at-risk youth, an area of growing concern to the agency.

Cal State L.A. has a long and productive history of collaboration with and responsiveness to the needs of the community. The multi-ethnic participating CSLA faculty team of African American, Caucasian and Latino men and women have extensive background in research and direct intervention programs for at-risk youth. Their experiences are widely varied and include having served as probation officers, parole agents, action researchers, educators, curriculum developers, and master trainers.

For information regarding the Air Force Training Contract, call Randall Lindsey, (323) 343-4427.

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