Introducing LA:RISE

LA:RISE creates an employer-driven pathway that integrates public, private, non-profit, and educational systems to support individuals on their way to full-time employment. LA:RISE invests in social enterprises that earn revenue while providing a supportive work environment that offers on-the-job training and skill development for hard-to-serve populations .

How It Works

LA:RISE includes four components designed to work together efficiently across the lifecycle of each participant’s engagement

The transitional jobs program creates time-bound, subsidized employment opportunities in a supportive work environment. In addition to paid work experience, the Social Enterprise provides personal supports such as case management and job readiness assessments to ensure workers are job-ready.

A Bridge Employer is a non-profit or for-profit entity providing permanent employment to LA:RISE participants. Bridge Employers are willing to hire employees with non-traditional backgrounds and are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive work culture where they can thrive. Bridge jobs are designed to provide unsubsidized employment opportunities to a select group of transitional graduates demonstrating sufficient gains in skills.

The City of LA’s Workforce Development System acts as the coordinating partner throughout the project, co-enrolling individuals while they are at the Social Enterprise, providing job placement and follow-up services. They provide access to career and training services, such as vocational workshops, financial and computer literacy, and soft skills development, including resume building, interviewing techniques, and conflict resolution.

Personal Support providers help participants stabilize their lives and improve their ability to keep a job. Support Services include case management; goal setting; healthcare, childcare, and transportation assistance; financial literacy training; and a social support system. They continue to work with individuals once they are placed into a Bridge or mainstream job to improve retention outcomes.

LA Works Better When We All Work Together

A $6M grant from the Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund will create the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE). By uniting the city’s Workforce Development System with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers, LA:RISE will stimulate job acquisition and retention for individuals who make up the hardest-to-serve populations: those with a history of homelessness, incarceration, and disconnected youth.

In partnership with REDF, a leader in the field of job creation through investment in social enterprise, the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board will take an innovative approach in connecting public sector agencies, non-profit support services, and employers to help participants develop the skills they need to enter and succeed in the workforce.

LA:RISE is a five-year demonstration project, using a randomized control model, designed to employ 500 hard-to-serve individuals between 2014 and 2019.

Introducing LA:RISE

Project Goals

#1   Increase sustained employment for job seekers with significant barriers to employment, while reducing turnover cost for employers

#2   Pool high-quality, standardized, evidence-based workforce training with personal and professional support services

#3   Integrate employment Social Enterprises and specialized service providers with the Workforce Development System to yield stronger employment results for job seekers

Social Enterprise Contacts

Neidy Portillo-Tseng
Senior Site Director, Downtown L.A.
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  Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD)
SheVonte Garbutt
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Downtown Women’s Center
Joe Altepeter

  Goodwill SoCal
Robbie Thomas
323-223-1211 ext 2236
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Homeboy Industries

  LA Conservation Corp (LACC)
323-224-2550 ext 538
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A project funded by the US Department of Labor, Grant Agreement Number: IF-26348-14-60-A-6

City of Los Angeles   Economic & Workforce Development Department   Los Angeles Mayor's Office   Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF)