Pablo Azurdie, a Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Program Success Story
At 21, Pablo Azurdie was ready for a change—and he was willing to “do what it takes” to make that change happen. He went to the Coalition for Responsible Community Development’s Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Program (VCN) with no high school diploma and no resources aside from his own drive and ability.

Mr. Azurdie enrolled into CRCD’s VCN YouthSource Program in the 2014/2015 program year and attended CRCD Academy to finish the credits he needed to get his high school diploma. Pablo also completed the required work hours at CRCD’s social enterprise, and contributed to neighborhood safety by cleaning up violence-inducing graffiti and removing garbage and illegal dumping from the Vernon-Central neighborhood. Pablo also participated in the City of LA’s Summer Youth Employment Program in both 2015 and 2016.

When Pablo graduated from CRCD’s VCN YouthSource Program in 2016, he had obtained his high school diploma, a work readiness certificate, and a portable, construction-industry recognized Home Builders Institute Pre-Apprenticeship Training Certification. He had secured temporary employment with CRCD Enterprises and completed CRCD Enterprises’ signature Job Education Training program.

Post-VCN, Mr. Azurdie is currently enrolled in LA:RISE, a program of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, and he is completing 300 hours of hands-on work development training and receiving a steady paycheck in conjunction with support services to help him prepare for the next step on his career path.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES Newsletter from the week of 1/30/2017. Read this issue and more.