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.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry, left, poses with handbag designer Lavena and one of her products, a red leather handbag, at the FWPO Build Your Business event
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry delivered the keynote address Wednesday May 1, 2018 at “Build Your Business,” a one-day event held by the Foundation of the Women Presidents’ Organization (FWPO) for women entrepreneurs to teach them how to scale up their businesses to generate $1 million in revenue.

Approximately 80 women registered for the event, including CEOs and company presidents representing many industry segments. Jan gave a speech highlighting EWDD’s BusinessSource, WorkSource and YouthSource Centers and how the department’s services are dedicated to helping all entrepreneurs launch, grow and maintain their businesses.

A delegation from African recently visited the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center to discuss best practices on serving disconnected youth and delivering workforce services
On Friday, April 13, 2018, the Vernon-Central Los Angeles Technical Trade College WorkSource Center (WSC) hosted a roundtable meeting with a delegation from Africa for a comprehensive discussion on how to reach disconnected youth, along with workforce development systems.

The delegation was also interested in how to best serve youth who are no longer in school and those involved in the justice system.

Dr. Dotun Oyenuga (center) proudly holds a check toward a $250,000 SBA loan that will allow his firm to fulfill a contract to with Metro
The Mid City BusinessSource Center recently assisted Dr. Dotun Oyenuga in securing a $250,000 Small Business Administration loan that will enable his engineering firm to hire 20 employees, create a new location and fulfill a contract for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

Dr. Oyenuga started Dotun Oyenuga DBA Analysis & Solutions Consultants in 2007 and he is an industry expert in geotechnical engineering.

The Harbor-Watts BSC helped Cobbler Jose Rivera obtain a $3,500 loan for his business, Paul’s Original Shoe and Working Boot Manufacturing, which he purchased from the owner
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center, overseen by EWDD Partner Managed Career Solutions, helped entrepreneur Jose Rivera obtain a $3,500 working capital loan for his business, Paul’s Original Shoe and Working Boot Manufacturing in San Pedro.

Jose is a cobbler with more than 30 years of experience. He started out as an apprentice when he first immigrated to the United States and after the original owner Paul retired, Jose took over the business. Jose’s specialty is work boots for the dock workers and firemen in the Harbor region, along with custom jobs and shoe repairs.

(Center, second row) EWDD General Manager Jan Perry and WDB Chair Charlie Woo (center right, first row) promoted the City’s job programs at a press conference geared toward LA’s Asian Pacific Islander community
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry and the City of LA’s Workforce Development Board (WDB) Chair, Charlie Woo, participated in a press conference last week to promote the City’s job programs to LA’s Asian Pacific Islander (API) community.

EWDD partner Faith and Community Empowerment (FACE) held the press conference, which drew media representatives from The Korea Times and World Journal, a Chinese daily newspaper.