Eric Rodriguez (left) an entertainment industry intern through HIRE LA's Youth Program, appeared with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) and filmmaker Ava DuVernay (right) to announce the Evolve Entertainment Fund, a program to help youth gain opportunities at leading digital media and entertainment companies
Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center (BHYTC) participant Eric Rodriguez was a featured success story at the launch of the Evolve Entertainment Fund (EEF), a public-private partnership founded by Mayor Eric Garcetti to create opportunities for career pathways for underrepresented populations into LA’s entertainment industry.

Eric, 23, first visited BHYTC two years ago after hearing about the facility’s music studio.

After participating in the center’s music program, BHYTC staff helped Eric obtain an internship in the entertainment industry through the HIRE LA’s Youth program.

As an intern at INVENT (the Institute of Venue and Entertainment Technology) with their “Event Squad,” Eric receives hands on technical training on all aspects of event production, including event lighting, applied audio theory, and video and display technology.

BHYTC, referred to by participants as “The Tech,” is a YouthSource Center administered by the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD). EWDD’s YouthSource Centers have placed several participants in internships in LA’s entertainment industry, including internships at Ryan Murphy Television and lighting crew internships for local television and movie productions.

EWDD looks forward to continuing to assist youth and job seekers towards career pathways in the entertainment industry as part of the EEF.

EWDD’s YouthSource Centers offer a variety of Youth Services that include helping you attain your diploma and higher education goals, or starting a solid career path. You can achieve your dreams. Learn how EWDD can help.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 2/12/2018. Read this issue and more.