“Avenues to Success” Job Readiness Fair for the Transgender community
Fifteen individuals received one-on-one resume coaching and interview training at the “Avenues to Success” Job Readiness Fair, the City’s first event of its kind for the Transgender community.

“One hundred percent of attendants walked out with a resume,” said Diana Feliz Oliva, Secretary and Chair of the Employment and Job Readiness Committee of the City of Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council, organizers of the event.

The fair was held Friday October 27, 2017 at Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC). Participants were primarily preparing resumes for jobs in retail, food service or customer service, Diana said.

In the next six months, organizers will work with LATTC and the City’s WorkSource Centers to develop computer classes for the Trans community and a job readiness fair, and entrepreneurship programs for the undocumented Trans community, Diana said.

The event was organized in response to feedback from employers who participated last year in the City’s first transgender job fair, and to prepare candidates for the Los Angeles LBGT Center’s 9th Annual Transgender Job and Resources Fair on November 9, 2017 in West Hollywood, said Drian Juarez, program manager of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP).
Drian Juarez, Program Manager of the LA LGBT Center's Transgender Economic Empowerment Project
Drian Juarez, Program Manager of the LA LGBT Center's Transgender Economic Empowerment Project

“We’ve really been working to get people’s skills up and get them prepared for the job fair to really shine and show their capabilities. That was our effort this year, to really hone in on how to attract an employer that communicates your skill in the best way possible.”

The Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles WorkSource Center, overseen by EWDD partner ResCare, represented EWDD’s WorkSource Centers at the transgender job fair in West Hollywood.

“It’s really night and day in terms of the resources that are available and the network of support the Trans community has now,” said Drian, who began working in the field in 2005. “I’m hoping it’s something more and more cities do to support diversity in workplaces.”

EWDD: Helping Vulnerable and Under-Represented Populations

In 2016, the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB), in partnership with the City’s Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD), set aside a $750,000 grant to increase workforce training opportunities for Vulnerable and Underrepresented Populations (VUP). Working with community-based organizations, the VUP Program is designed to help transgender and gender non-conforming workers, older workers, men of color, ex-offenders, homeless youth, single parents and linguistically isolated adults.

This success story is highlighted in the EWDD Updates Newsletter from the week of 11/6/2017, representing all the WorkSource Centers and the vital services they provide each day.

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