Steven Mason (center) films his Hire LA’s Youth testimonial at the Channel 35 studio in LA’s Little Tokyo
In partnership with LA CityView 35, three EWDD YouthSource Center participants shared video testimonials about how the Hire LA’s Youth program had a positive impact on their lives.

The videos were recorded as part of Open Studio, a new program at Channel 35 that produces shorter length videos (approximately one minute or less) specifically for social media content. Below are the stories of Steven Mason, Destiny Nguyen, and Nestor Reyes connected to each of their Hire LA’s Youth segments taped for YouTube.


Before joining the Hire LA’s Youth program, Steven Mason couch surfed and did what he had to in order to survive.

“Last year I made it up in my head that I want to live an honest life,” he said. “They gave me the internship through Hire LA’s youth and that’s where it all started. It made me who I am right now, standing here talking to you today.”

Through the help of the South Region YouthSource Center, Steven is now a Community Administrative Support Worker at EWDD. In his video, he proudly showed off a gold ring he bought with money he earned from his City job.

Destiny Nguyen in a quiet moment while taping her Hire LA’s Youth segment
Destiny Nguyen, in a quiet moment while taping her Hire LA’s Youth segment, has spoken about foster youth issues nationwide


Currently a Community Administrative Support Worker at EWDD, Destiny Nguyen earned her high school diploma while enrolled as a participant at the Central Los Angeles Region YouthSource Center, run by EWDD partner Para Los Niños.

“With the help of the Hire LA’s Youth program, I was able to find myself within my career path to become a certified linguistic interpreter, with also minoring in social work, to be able to help our community and help our youths in need.”


Nestor Reyes taping his Hire LA’s Youth segment
Nestor Reyes displays a C-clamp, made in an advanced manufacturing at LAVC, where he carved “Be Great” as a reminder to keep moving forward
After his release from a five-year prison term, Nestor Reyes became a participant at the South Valley YouthSource Center, run by EWDD partner Goodwill of Southern California.

He credits the Hire LA’s Youth program with opening the door for him and letting employers know he was serious about turning his life around.

“Now that employers see that I’m with this youth program it automatically sends them a message that I want to change.”

Learn more about the many programs and benefits offered through EWDD Youth Services and their YouthSource Centers.

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