The South Region YouthSource Center run by CRCD recently held a financial empowerment workshop for 15 youth participants
The South Region YouthSource Center, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) successfully tested a pilot financial literacy workshop for 15 youth designed to enhance their financial wellness by teaching them proper financial management.

In collaboration with All Peoples FamilySource Center, 15 YouthSource Center participants were given a two-day financial literacy workshop covering such topics as: basic budgeting, understanding credit reports, credit card usage best practices, credit monitoring apps, identity theft protection, consumer’s rights and protections, and investing in stocks.

The Hollywood BusinessSource Center helped seamstress Oksana Putyatina obtain a $3,000 loan to expand her unique clothing business, RadSeams
EWDD staff referred Oksana Putyatina to the Hollywood BusinessSource Center, which helped her attain a $3,000 working capital loan to expand her business.

Oksana is the owner of "RadSeams," a clothing company that makes art installations, costumes, custom clothing, bags and provides small run production for local designers in the City of Los Angeles.

Adriana Flores Estrada, above, owner of O & A Upholstery, was able to expand her self-made business through the BusinessSource Program
After Adriana Flores Estrada was laid off from her full-time job, she decided to focus 100 percent on her existing business, O & A Upholstery, which specializes in custom upholstery and furniture slipcovers, outdoor patio furniture and wall upholstery.

In early April 2018, Adriana visited the North Valley BusinessSource Center and received an Access to Capital consultation, which helped her decide to expand her business.

exterior of Doña Imelda Tecualpetla's Salvadoran eatery, Restaurante La Union
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center provided ongoing guidance to entrepreneur Doña Imelda Tecualpetla, helping her realize her dream of opening her own Salvadoran restaurant, “Restaurante La Union.”

When she was 16 years old, Imelda emigrated from Puebla, Mexico to the US. For the past 23 years, she’s held a series of jobs to support her four children as a single mom. She’s worked as a seamstress, a housekeeper and gained 14 years of experience working as a Salvadoran cook.

Daisy Tavares (right) received funding from the Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center to get training to become a pharmacy technician
The Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), was able to provide funding to help an LAUSD adult school student receive training to become a pharmacy technician.

Daisy Tavares was laid off from LAUSD in 2017, where she had been working in maintenance and operations and working as a librarian.

Daisy had been a pre-med major in college but ultimately decided that she was more interested in

The Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center team following their game at the Gradelo Basketball Festival
Approximately 64 participants from EWDD’s YouthSource Centers attended the Gradelo Basketball Festival on May 12, 2018 at University Senior High School, a special event sponsored by former LA Laker Metta World Peace to benefit sports and educational programs at various schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.

A team from the Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center in the South-Crenshaw Region played in the high school basketball tournament.

A crowd of job seekers awaits the start of the West Adams WorkSource Center re-entry hiring event
An estimated 100 re-entry workers attended a hiring event Wednesday May 16, 2018 at the West Adams WorkSource Center (WSC), run by EWDD partner Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc, where several were provided offers on the spot for entry-level jobs in construction, transportation and warehousing.

The event was a collaborative effort between the West Adams WSC, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

Marshawno Gauff was recently hired at the City’s Department of Building and Safety through the Targeted Local Hire Program
Marshawno Gauff, 34, grew up in South Central Los Angeles and returned to Southern California two years ago after earning a degree in hospitality management at San Jose State University and working several years in sales, customer service and management roles.

He had been applying for jobs at the City since he returned to LA without any luck until a cousin informed him about the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP).

Brandon Kirby successfully obtained a City of Los Angeles job through the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program
At age 19, Brandon Kirby landed a job as legal analyst in the private sector with a company where he envisioned he would work until retirement. In 2014, he was laid off and spent three years applying for a job at the City of LA.

After learning about the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), Brandon visited the Sun Valley WorkSource Center and within four months he was hired as an Office Trainee at the City’s Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation.

David Madero, owner of Los Cabritos catering company, at the Northridge Farmers Market
The West Valley BusinessSource Center helped David Madero, owner of Mexican food catering company Los Cabritos LLC, develop a business plan, marketing strategies and secure a $50,000 loan to expand his business.

With the loan, David was able to create four new jobs and successfully set up a catering booth at the Northridge Farmers Market.

David’s ongoing relationship with the West Valley BSC began in January 2018 when he first visited the center seeking assistance with marketing and access to capital. At the center,

The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center helped Re-entry worker Oscar Aviles find a job as a parking attendant
Re-entry worker Oscar Aviles visited the Vernon Central/LATTC WorkSource Center (WSC) for assistance in finding a customer service job.

In addition, Oscar enrolled in the center’s Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) program for financial coaching and he also enrolled in Friends Outside of Los Angeles to receive re-entry services such as the Parole to Payroll workshop.

Earlier this year, Oscar attended a WSC recruitment event where he met a recruiter from SP+ Parking company and was hired to work as a parking attendant.

WorkSource helped LA:RISE participant Adam Guerra with his job hunt and gave him his work uniform for his new role as a supervisor with North East Trees
The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center (WSC) helped Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) participant Adam Guerra with his job search and a new uniform when he was hired at North East Trees, a non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth find jobs in the green industry.

LA:RISE is a program designed to serve the populations hardest to place in jobs, including disconnected youth, the homeless and those with histories of past incarcerations. Adam successfully completed 300 hours of work with LA:RISE partner Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC) where he gained on-the-job experience in landscaping, construction and community service.