Jeannine poses next to the "Just Hired" notice board announcing her new job as a WorkSource Career Coach
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center recently hired Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) participant Jeannine as a career coach.

Jeannine was experiencing homelessness and struggling with unemployment when she learned about the LA:RISE program through the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC.

“I saw a way to get back into the workforce, make some extra money with something that I could potentially make a career,” she said.

Jeannine received training as a Donations Coordinator Trainee at the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), an LA:RISE social enterprise partner. At the DWC, Jeannine said she learned to be patient with others and consider how their personal situations may affect them.

During her training, she was most proud of the fact that “I was able to give encouraging words to other women and put a smile on their faces when they felt hopeless and helpless.”

I saw a way to get back into the workforce, make some extra money with something that I could potentially make a career (quote text layered over a tunnel path leading into sunshine) Jeannine now works full-time as a career coach at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development. Her goal is “To continue to uplift and empower other women,” she said.

She eventually wants to return to school to pursue a degree in sociology. EWDD is a leadership team partner of LA:RISE, an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System (WDS) with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help men and women with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed.

LA:RISE – A social enterprise solution to help join the workforce

EWDD is a leadership team partner of LA:RISE an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System (WDS) with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help men and women with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed. The City’s WorkSource Centers and LA:RISE prioritize individuals recently released from prison, the unsheltered or those at risk of homelessness and youth ages 18-24 who are neither in school or working.

After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise and leveraging training and services from the WorkSource Center, LA:RISE participants are placed at jobs in the private sector, in public-sector jobs in the City of LA, or in vocational training programs.

Learn more about all of the various programs and benefits offered through EWDD Employment Services and WorkSource Centers.



This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of November 25, 2019. Read this issue and more.