WorkSource helped LA:RISE participant Adam Guerra with his job hunt and gave him his work uniform for his new role as a supervisor with North East Trees
The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center (WSC) helped Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) participant Adam Guerra with his job search and a new uniform when he was hired at North East Trees, a non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth find jobs in the green industry.

LA:RISE is a program designed to serve the populations hardest to place in jobs, including disconnected youth, the homeless and those with histories of past incarcerations. Adam successfully completed 300 hours of work with LA:RISE partner Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC) where he gained on-the-job experience in landscaping, construction and community service.

Upon completing the program’s first phase, he was accepted into a 6-month internship with the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Adam’s passion for protecting natural resources and providing high quality outdoor recreational spaces inspired him to continue looking for career opportunities in the green industry.

Through the support he received at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC and LACC, Adam became very proactive in his job searching. He attended job fairs and was invited to interviews. His hard work and dedication paid off when North East Trees hired him as supervisor.

The WorkSource Center provided Adam with his uniform: new hiking boots, a raincoat, a sun hat and gloves to help prepare him for his new career.

Prior to joining LA:RISE, Adam lacked work experience and strong leadership skills. Now he is thriving and giving back to various communities through his work with North East Trees. His advice to others facing similar circumstances?

“Once you become successful at your goal the hardest part is maintaining it,” he said. “To me it's one thing getting a golden opportunity career but with that there's the cost of challenges and obstacles that come your way. It takes conviction, leadership and integrity to handle the stress and hard work, but I believe anyone can conquer their goal just by believing in themselves.”

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 4/30/2018. Read this issue and more.