Para Los Niños Celebrates Grand Opening of YouthSource Center
A crowd of 100 people celebrated the grand opening on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 of the new Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center in the Westlake/MacArthur Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles.
Jan Perry, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, delivered remarks praising PLN for providing more assistance to youth and families in the area.
The ceremony included a ribbon cutting and the unveiling of a mural at the site by artist David Flores, who donated the artwork to support PLN’s mission.
Genny’s business offers managerial services of residential buildings to nonprofits that serve the homeless and low-income individuals and families.
Due to the loss of her beloved son who was managing the business, Genny had a difficult time operating and focusing on the business. She borrowed money from a high-interest lender to help keep her business operating.
Vernon-Central Helps Worker Transition to Health Care Career
Jhohandra Penate lost her job and was troubled by the lack of employment opportunity she faced. Jhohandra turned to the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College where she received guidance, encouragement and an opportunity.
During an initial assessment, Jhohandra said she dreamed of working in the medical field, but lacked the necessary training and didn't think she could qualify for any medical programs. Her WorkSource advocate gave her direction and showed Jhohandra that she could achieve her career goal.
The WorkSource Center helped her transition into a health care career. She was able to enroll in
Harbor BusinessSource Center Helps Niky’s Sports Expand
The Harbor BusinessSource Center helped the owner of a small chain of athletic apparel stores refinance several loans and is assisting with the expansion of its downtown Los Angeles store.
Nicholas Orellana is the owner of Niky’s Sports, Inc, located at 1536 West 7th Street. Niky’s Sports has seven locations, including five in the Los Angeles area.
The 7th Street location was financed with two 7 percent interest loans and Nicholas wanted to refinance these loans at a lower rate. After receiving a referral from a previous client, Nicholas met with a consultant at the Harbor BusinessSource Center.
CRCD Illustrates Success of EWDD Programs for Denver Visitors
A delegation from Denver, Colorado visited the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) on Thursday October 5 to learn best practices from the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development System on how to provide opportunities to residents that will lead to economic mobility.
“You’ve really found what the ecosystem of what workforce development is,” said Albus Brooks, Denver City Council President, who said he was impressed that various LA workforce groups worked together rather than in silos.
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry provided an overview of the City’s
LAP3 Ambassador Destiny Nguyen Visits State Capitol
P3 Ambassador Destiny Nguyen recently traveled to Governor Jerry Brown’s office in Sacramento in support of updates to provisions of Assembly Bill No. 1567 that will include additional help for foster care youth.
At the state capitol, Destiny shared her story of how she entered the foster care system and where she is in her life’s journey now.
Destiny is a Youth Ambassador for the Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) program, an integrated service model that helps students by placing LAUSD pupil service counselors and social services at the City’s Youth Source Centers, creating a one stop shop for youth to find resources to finish high school and successfully transition to college or employment.
Central West BSC Helps Former Child Actor Open Stevie’s Creole Cafe
The Central West Region BusinessSource Center provided financial guidance and loan assistance to a former child actor, helping him and his business partner realize their dream of opening a Southern Creole restaurant in Los Angeles.
Stephen Perry worked as a child actor, appearing in films such as “Raisin in the Sun,” “The Sound and the Fury,” and TV shows including “The Twilight Zone” and “The Mod Squad.”
Stephen transitioned to the restaurant business in 1986. He and his business partner Rita Linton, opened Stevie’s Creole Café in 2016.
Laid Off from Home Depot, WorkSource Helps a Veteran Find Work in HVAC
When US Army Veteran Jaime Ramirez was laid off earlier this year, the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at LATTC helped him transition into a new career in the trades.
Jaime lost his job at Home Depot in March 2017 and he struggled to find stable employment with a career pathway. He said he always had a mechanical aptitude and an ability to repair equipment, but he did not have the resources to cover the cost of training.
At the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center, a Veterans Career Coach provided Jaime guidance to help him achieve his career goals.
Vernon-Central WSC Helps Job Seekers Find Work and New Friends
The Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) recently placed four women at jobs with a national supplier of home, gift and stationary products.
Eloisa Madueno, Jazmina Chavarria, Margarita Santos, and Sandra Flores struggled for months to find employment due language barriers.
A career coach at the Vernon-Central WSC, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), provided the women assistance with resume building, interview techniques, and job leads.
EWDD Awarded $790,000 Grant from US Department of Justice
EWDD and the City’s Workforce Development Board were awarded a $790,000 grant that provides funding for EWDD programs dedicated to improving reentry outcomes for incarcerated youth.
Awarded by the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) through the Second Chance Act Program, the grant supports counties and states in refining and implementing improved collaborative strategies to address the challenges that reentry and recidivism reduction pose.
The grant period is for two years and began on October 1, 2017.