(left to right) EWDD staff Elis Lee, Michael Wynn and Firdaus Landou distributed info about EWDD services at the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) participates in community events throughout the year to promote the job training and business services available at EWDD’s 14 YouthSource, 16 WorkSource and nine BusinessSource Centers.

On July 28-29, 2018, EWDD staff spread the word about the department’s programs at the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival in South Los Angeles. The Central Avenue Jazz Festival is a free event that takes place during the last weekend in July.

Launched in 1996, the festival regularly features a number of prominent Jazz, Blues, and Latin musicians who got their start in the area. The event spotlights young Los Angeles musicians from the neighborhood's high school bands and choirs.

Along with the music, the festival features Youth, Health and Wellness, Art and Business Resource Pavilions. The youth and wellness areas provide activities for children, a variety of free health, vision and dental screenings for both children and adults, as well as, guides for a healthy lifestyle, cooking demonstrations and nutrition tips. The business pavilion provides information about various programs for emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, job seekers and employers.

The two-day, non-commercial festival attracts thousands of visitors and donates much of the proceeds from food and beverages to arts and youth programming in Los Angeles Council District 9. EWDD has sponsored a table at the festival for several years.

To find out about the various services that EWDD offers, visit our Business Services, Employment Services and Youth Services pages.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 7/30/2018. Read this issue and more.