Carla McDonough (second from right) at the grand opening of her dream business,  fitness studio “Training for Balance” in San Pedro, California
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided entrepreneur Carla McDonough business coaching and assistance with licensing and permits to help turn her dreams of owning her own gym into the Training for Balance fitness studio in San Pedro, California.

Carla is former fitness model and body builder with 16 years of experience as a fitness trainer. She wanted to open a facility that included a full gym, personal training and Pilates classes. Her specialty is working with clients with medical conditions to help them achieve proper rehabilitation, such as military veterans and peace officers.

Jan Perry, Los Angeles public servant for over 20 years
Effective December 31, 2018, Jan Perry is completing her tenure as General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD). Ms. Perry will become Executive Director of the Infrastructure Funding Alliance, a statewide group dedicated to developing and advocating approaches and strategies that motivate government at all levels to implement environmentally and fiscally sustainable infrastructure projects. She assumes the post on January 2, 2019.

“It’s been the privilege of my life to serve the people of the City of Los Angeles,” Perry said. “I look forward to this next phase in my journey where I will continue to serve the people of California by promoting infrastructure projects that will stimulate economic development and create good paying jobs.”

Para Los Niños YouthSource students get a mental break at LA's Broad Museum of Contemporary Art as college application deadlines approach
EWDD has a network of 14 YouthSource Centers strategically located in underserved neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles. The centers provide support and guidance for young Angelenos age 16-24, to help them pursue higher education and good paying jobs.

The October 15, 2018 edition of EWDD Updates featured three stories from EWDD partner Para Los Niños, which oversees the City’s Central and Northeast Region YouthSource Centers.

These stories represent the critical work all the City’s YouthSource Centers provide to help young Angelenos succeed.

ESL students taking classes at Evans Community Adult School through a partnership with EWDD, LAUSD and LAHTA
EWDD Workforce Development Division Director Gerardo Ruvalcaba recently participated in a panel with representatives from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) to share how the partnership between the two agencies has increased educational opportunities for WorkSource Center participants.

The presentation, “Strategic Deployment of ‘Navigators’ that leads to Sustainable Wage Careers” delivered at the California Workforce Association Meeting of the Minds Conference in Monterey, California, highlighted the success and dynamics of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) Navigator program as well as the continuing evolution and deepening of the partnership between the two agencies.

Restauranteur Jin Huang in the kitchen of his second Asian Kings restaurant in the Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles
The Central West BusinessSource Center helped restauranteur Jin Huang attain a $25,000 US Small Business Administration microloan that allowed him to make tenant improvements to the second location of his growing restaurant chain, Asian Kings.

Jin emigrated to the United States from China and has approximately 30 years of experience as a Chinese cuisine and sushi chef. He launched his first restaurant in 2014 near the La Brea area of Los Angeles.

In early 2018, the owner of a 20-year-old Chinese restaurant in the Mid-Wilshire area announced his retirement. Jin decided to purchase the restaurant to preserve the Chinese cuisine in the area and expand his restaurant portfolio.

Young women from the Para Los Niños YouthSource Centers join the recently launched “Mujeres en Escalera” Latina empowerment program
Para Los Niños Central YouthSource Center recently launched “Mujeres en Escalera,” a Latina empowerment program comprised of 40 young women. The program offers gender specific programming for young Latina women.

The weekly sessions focus on social and emotional development designed to provide the women personal and academic support as they explore career paths, prepare for college and develop leadership and technology skills.

Participants will meet at least once a week during their junior and senior years of high school and their first year of college.

Youth participants of Para Los Niño’s Northeast LA YouthSource Center preparing for college
The Northeast and Central Los Angeles YouthSource Centers (YSC) run by EWDD partner Para Los Niños (PLN), kicked off the school year with a strong start, with each center providing strong guidance toward high school graduation, along with college campus visits to prepare youth participants for university life.

At the Northeast YSC, approximately 35 high school seniors are undergoing the college application process and career readiness curriculum. The curriculum teaches each student about financial aid resources, strategic planning, work readiness certification, well-being workshops and college field trips. Students will be meeting as a cohort at least once a week for sessions and mentoring opportunities.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry addressing a packed crowd at an LA:RISE event sponsored by partner REDF
More than 200 people packed the Edward R. Roybal Room at City Hall Thursday October 4, 2018, to hear the results from an interim evaluation of the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) program.

Initial results confirmed that the program is working, according to “Bringing Together Social Enterprise and Workforce Development System Agencies to Deliver Transitional Employment,” a report funded by the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) and prepared by consultant Social Policy Research Associates (SPR).

EWDD is a leadership team partner of the program and is responsible for making sure the City’s WorkSource Centers prioritize

The Hollywood WSC held its third Disability Job and Resource Fair October 3, 2018
At least eight people were hired on-site at the Hollywood WorkSource Center’s third Disability Job and Resource Fair, held Wednesday October 3, 2018.

More than 200 people attended the event, which was held in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The event’s goal was to promote employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities.

Approximately 24 employers across high-growth sectors participated, along with ten resource tables including organizations such as the California Department of Rehabilitation, Los Angeles City College, and Evans Adult School and Clothes the Deal which provided free business clothing.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (second from left) with Deputy Mayor Brenda Shockley and Councilman Curran Price (second from right) celebrate the grand opening of the new CRCD Enterprises facility
City of Los Angeles General Manager Jan Perry participated in the ribbon cutting of the new Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) Enterprises building in South Los Angeles, the new home of EWDD partner CRCD’s construction social enterprise.

Jan’s history with CRCD dates back to the group’s beginning, when during her tenure as LA City Councilwoman she secured $225,000 in funding from then Congressman Xavier Becerra to provide the seed money for CRCD to launch their organization.

“They ran with it and they ran hard and they have done an incredible job reaching in very deep and pulling people forward to get them job skills,” she said during the grand opening ceremony. Jan added she was proud to see how CRCD has grown.

The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center provided recent construction graduates Anthony Moreno (left) and Jonathan Hernandez (right) with boots and tools to start their new jobs in the trades
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center assisted two recent construction graduates with tools and boots to start work in the trades.

Anthony Moreno recently graduated from the fifth Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) construction cohort at LATTC and he is being sponsored through Local 213 as a carpenter, specializing in drywall and framing.

Jonathan Hernandez was offered a position as a Carpenter Level 1 at San Mar Company who will sponsor him into the Carpenters Local 409 Union.

(left to right) EWDD General Manager Jan Perry, Metta World Peace and outgoing YouthSource Director Brenda Anderson at the last “A Conversation With…” event
Outgoing Youth Operations Director Brenda Anderson donated $2,000 to the City’s YouthSource Centers, reaffirming her belief in the City’s Youth Programs, even in retirement.

“Brenda Anderson, in her inimitable style, left us with a legacy that will continue to resonate even in retirement,” said EWDD General Manager Jan Perry.

Brenda retired from the City of Los Angeles on August 30, 2018 after a 16-year civil service career. Brenda’s legacy projects include the recently launched “A Conversation With…” series, which gives youth from the City’s 14 YouthSource Centers an opportunity to interact with influencers who have faced similar challenges and overcome obstacles to build successful careers.