Actor Danny Trejo speaks to YouthSource participants at the inaugural YouthSource Center 'A Conversation With...' series
In a heartfelt, humorous, and candid conversation, Actor Danny Trejo shared his life story with a room full of 75 young Angelenos from EWDD’s YouthSource Centers, describing his transformation from a prison inmate with a drug addiction to a successful actor, entrepreneur and drug counselor who has dedicated his life to helping others.

“Everything good that has happened to me is a direct result of helping someone else,” he said. “I promise you, the more people you help in one day, the better your life is going to get. It’s just the way it works.”

(left to right) Kevin White and Gabriel Celis celebrate their new employment under the “I Got the Job” sign at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center.
The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center provided resume writing and interview training to Kevin White and Gabriel Celis, two recent graduates of LATTC’s inaugural Rail Vehicle Technician Training program.

Kevin and Gabriel signed up for a resume writing and interview skills workshop with John Wilson, Senior Business Services Representative for the center.

LA:RISE participant Sandra Chavez (left), pictured with WorkSource Career Coach Maria Esparza after being offered a full-time job at Home Depot
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center helped Sandra Chavez develop her interpersonal “soft skills” through the LA:RISE program, helping her obtain stable employment as a Home Depot cashier.

Sandra was very quiet and shy and had been out of the workforce for quite some time. Through LA:RISE, Sandra came out of her comfort zone as she completed 300 hours of work experience with EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), where she worked on graffiti abatement projects throughout Los Angeles.

Goodwill SoCal helped LA:RISE participant Raymond Vasquez (center) receive the support and training he needed to get a full-time job
Goodwill Southern California (SoCal) helped LA:RISE participant Raymond Vasquez build a better future, by providing him a support system and teaching him valuable skills that helped him transition from trainee to a full-time Goodwill employee.

Prior to joining Goodwill, Raymond was struggling to overcome self-doubt. He faced multiple challenges: possible homelessness, a limited work history and limited education.

EWDD BusinessSource Director Richard Pallay (back row, third from right) shared tips on how to launch a business in LA with young entrepreneurs
The City’s Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) recently provided tips on how to launch a small business in Los Angeles to a group of 18 young entrepreneurs from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NTFE).

Richard encouraged the youth to provide solutions, to find ways to help communities thrive.

“I’ve been helping influencers, entrepreneurs and communities by giving them information by saying, ‘This is how you thrive,’” he said.

EWDD YouthSource participants pose on the steps outside the 2018 UnidosUS Future Changemakers Conference in Washington, DC
EWDD partner Para Los Niños brought 24 YouthSource participants from the East and Central Region YouthSource Centers to the UnidosUS Future Changemakers Conference in Washington, DC.

Held July 6-10, 2018, participants attended networking opportunities and workshops tailored to young adults ages 17-23.

The workshops focused on financial empowerment, immigration, education, health and civil rights. Topics also included

The West Valley BSC helped entrepreneur Reggie Cua (center) launches his business Café Aficionado in Northridge, CA
The West Valley BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Reggie Cua review permits and licenses to open Café Aficionado in Northridge, which celebrated its grand opening on June 28, 2018.

A military veteran, Reggie dreamed of opening his own coffee shop. After saving money toward his goal for three years, Reggie approached the West Valley BSC in 2017 where he received business guidance, including a referral to a business coach who helped Reggie negotiate an optimal leasing situation for his coffee shop.

The Sun Valley WorkSource Center provided funding for Amanda Goldberg (left) to become an EMT. Amanda, pictured with mother Ellen Vogel (right) recently won a gold medal at the SkillsUSA First Aid/CPR contest
In partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) - Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE), the Sun Valley WorkSource Center provided Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training for Amanda Goldberg, who recently earned a gold medal at an EMT competition.

Amanda is an I-Train graduate from the EMT program at North Valley Occupational Center.

A former Hire LA's Youth Program participant speaks about her summer employment experience at Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti's 2018 Hire LA’S Youth kick-off event
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.

Teresa Arreola's food catering truck business, Soy Tu Taco
Mrs. Teresa Arreola came into the North Valley BusinessSource on April 25, 2018 to inquire about a mobile catering business and to obtain assistance with creating a business plan. Teresa was ready to invest her own capital and eager to start her business immediately.

The North Valley BusinessSource Center provided Mrs. Arreola with several business plan template options and referred her to The Food Truck Group, a food rental truck and leasing company.

The North Valley BSC then assisted with several

Watts YouthSource participants volunteer to paint and rebuild a Watts neighborhood elementary school during “Operation Watts Is Worth It” organized by The Mission Continues
Approximately 10 youth from the Youth Opportunity Movement Watts YouthSource Center pitched in to help paint murals, build benches and put up fence screens during “Operation Watts Is Worth It,” an event designed to beautify and unify the community.

“Although it was kind of tough, it felt good, coming out, helping the environment get better,” said Daize Ayon, 16. “I feel the schools need this.”

YouthSource Center participants at the LA County's Youth@Work launch event
Youth from six of EWDD’s YouthSource Centers (YSCs) showed up to support the Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) launch of the Youth@Work Summer Employment Program, the County’s counterpart to the City of Los Angeles Hire LA’s Youth program.

The Hire LA's Youth is a year-round program designed to give young Angelenos ages 14-24 their first work experience and place them on a career path as lifetime earners.