Para Los Niños Youth Center teens explored future City jobs
Dressed in their best interview attire, students from nine of the City of Los Angeles’ 13 YouthSource centers attended Engage LA: Pathways to Public Service, an event held Tuesday April 25 to encourage young people in LA to join the City of Los Angeles’ workforce.

The event drew more than 150 students from the YouthSource and FamilySource Systems, LAUSD, and Alliance College Ready charter schools to teach them about civil service employment opportunities and core City youth development programs like Hire LA's Youth and LA College Promise.

Held at Getty House, the official residence of Mayor Eric Garcetti, students participated in interactive games and were exposed to 15 City Departments and bureaus projected to have a high number of vacancies in the next few years. Participating departments ranged from the Bureau of Engineering to Los Angeles World Airports.

An estimated 46 percent of the City’s workforce is eligible to retire in 2018 and the program is part of a wider response to Mayor Garcetti’s Executive Directive Number 15, which calls for the recruitment, hiring and training of a new generation of public service employees, especially those with skills for the 21st century.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES Newsletter from the week of 4/24/2017. Read this issue and more.