EWDD youth stand with Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) and EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (far left) at the Hire LA’S Youth kick-off event on July 9, 2018
Approximately 45 youth representing five of EWDD’s YouthSource Centers and summer program partners came out on July 9 to support Mayor Eric Garcetti’s press conference kicking off the 2018 Hire LA’s Youth Jobs Program.

Youth from the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center, along with centers throughout LA managed by EWDD partners Para Los Niños, Youth Policy Institute, Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) attended the event at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Village at Ed Gould Plaza.

Lorri Jean, CEO of the LA LGBT Center, credited EWDD, along with two programs administered by EWDD, HIRE LA’S Youth and LA:RISE, with helping the center find jobs for LGBT homeless youth.

“For nearly 50 years, the center has been working very hard to get youth experiencing homelessness the jobs they need to become stable and productive members of society," Lorri said. “It’s not an easy task. But as a result of partnerships with the City’s Economic and Workforce Development Department, our task is getting easier. Thanks to the Hire LA’s Youth and LA:RISE programs, which is funded by Measure H, in less than three years we have helped more than 150 youth get paid internships.”

EWDD administers the Hire LA’s Youth program, which provides job opportunities for Angelenos ages 14-24, and LA:RISE, a program designed to help those who are experiencing homelessness, youth who have dropped out of school and people who have previously been incarcerated find jobs.

At the event, Mayor Eric Garcetti acknowledged EWDD General Manager Jan Perry and EWDD staff for their work on the Hire LA’s Youth program.

“I want to thank Jan Perry and the work of the Economic and Workforce Development Department for all the folks who came together to say, ‘We need to get to a place which every young person in Los Angeles if they want to work in the summer, we say, here’s the pathway to do that.’”

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 7/9/2018. Read this issue and more.