Former LA Laker Metta World Peace greets YouthSource participants while EWDD General Manager Jan Perry looks on with EWDD Youth Operations Team staff
Against a mural of hands reaching up towards a basketball, approximately 57 youth from five of the City’s YouthSource Centers recently learned the basics of the game from former LA Laker Metta World Peace, and how establishing a solid foundation in sports can help youth mentally prepare for decisions in day-to-day life.

“Basketball is very similar to life,” Metta said. “The things you do today, that’s how you’re going to play. If you’re not preparing, if you don’t have the fundamentals, it’s going to affect your game.”

Local entrepreneur Jenny Chih poses on the floor of her business, JC Handbags, located in the fashion district of downtown LA
The Mid City Region BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Jenny Chih address cash flow issues, negotiate a reduced monthly rent and develop a system to track her expenses, allowing her to retain her business JC Handbags, along with her livelihood.

Since 2013, Jenny has owned JC Handbags in Santee Alley, a retail shopping area in the Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles.

Due to personal circumstances, Jenny ran into cash flow issues that

30 graduates from the 2018 Human Resource Assistant Academy at LA Valley College pose with their completion certificates
The Canoga Park/South Valley WorkSource Center (WSC) and Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) recently teamed up to provide an accelerated five-week Human Resource (HR) Assistant Academy program free of charge to approximately 30 job seekers, with the goal of getting them back into the workforce right away.

“I think it is a great example of a community college partnering directly with a WorkSource Center on a team approach to specialized training,” said Doug Marriott, Dean of Adult/Community Education and Workforce Development at LAVC.

@CFEfund tweet about the total impact from their #SummerJobsConnect campaign, raising financial awareness and money skills in today's youth
On August 16, 2018, 28 HIRE LA’s Youth were honored at the EWDD Main Conference Room for completing an eight-week internship as Peer Financial Coaches.

Two Peer Coaches were based at each of the City’s 14 YouthSource (YSC) Centers, where they provided financial literacy orientations and one-on-one coaching to more than 700 summer youth participants.

Martin Quiroz, Esquire, seated at his desk in his own downtown LA law firm, Quiroz Law (image courtesy of Martin Quiroz)
The Harbor-Watts-BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Martin Quiroz obtain a pre-startup loan that allowed him to launch his own law firm at 333 South Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles and hire four employees.

After 16 years of experience as an attorney in a variety of legal, compliance and operation roles in highly regulated industries, Martin decided it was time to open his own law firm.

Career Coach Ernesto Garcia (right) helped Veteran Ramiro Cardenas (left) successfully apply to Metro’s WIN-LA program
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center helped veterans Ramiro Cardenas, Joseph Nichols and Jesus Soto complete training that places them on the path to becoming service attendants with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro).

Veterans Career Coach Ernesto Garcia met with the veteran participants to discuss career path opportunities that would lead to upward mobility and conducted an initial workforce skills assessment.

Metro career trainees participate in the WIN-LA Transportation Workforce Readiness program
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) enrolled more than 100 participants in the Workforce Initiative Now (WIN-LA) program through its partnership with the EWDD, LA County, the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) and the other regional WDBs.

The WIN-LA program is designed to act as a “farm team” for skilled workers from historically underrepresented communities to attain jobs at Metro that will lead to career pathways in construction, operations/maintenance, administration and professional services.

Los Angeles based Blended Berries Tea logo on a coffee cup
The Central West Region BusinessSource provided one-on-one business coaching to entrepreneur Lisa Berry, helping her navigate through complicated government processes to build up her Blended Berries Tea business.

Lisa launched the business in November 2017 to help people live a more natural and healthy lifestyle.

A BSC business coach helped Lisa obtain a seller’s permit and advised her to set aside

LA:RISE participant Vincent Vargas (center) pictured with his WorkSource center coaches Maria Esparza and Treasure Owens
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center helped Vincent Vargas get a job in the solar industry and provided financial training to help him save his earnings.

Vincent enrolled in the LA:RISE program a year ago after graduating from the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) Youth Build Charter School. EWDD serves as the program administrator for LA:RISE, which helps individuals with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed.

Para Los Niños-HIRE LA’S Youth CSULA interns prepare for their culmination ceremony
Approximately 57 Para Los Niños (PLN) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants completed their Hire LA’s Youth paid internships at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) where they had the opportunity to work at 28 departments throughout the campus.

Several former PLN alumni who previously worked at Cal State LA through the SYEP served as supervisors and mentors to current PLN students.

LAHTA Culinary Apprenticeship students prepare a gourmet lunch buffet
Serving up flavorful dishes including Coq au Vin and Chicken Fricassee Supreme, 16 students from the Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (LAHTA) Culinary Apprenticeship Program showcased their skills at a gourmet lunch buffet Tuesday August 14, 2018.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry and City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) Executive Director Gregg Irish attended, along with EWDD staff and representatives from workforce partners.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (third from left) at the ribbon cutting for the West LA WorkSource Center
The West Los Angeles WorkSource Center/America’s Job Center of California celebrated the grand opening of its new Culver City location Friday August 10, 2018 with a reception that included a moving testimonial from success story Lorrie Williams.

“Every day is the best day ever,” said Lorrie, who received assistance from the West LA WSC to attend the Maxine Waters construction course and is now working as a pile driver for the $1.7 billion Metro Regional Connector Construction project.