Saul Gonzalez at his Full Time Job with Target Stores
A reminder of how EWDD and its partner agencies help to lift our young people into better lives came to us from the Southeast YouthSource Center, also known as YO Watts. Saul Gonzalez, one of the center’s participants, recently

Jessica White Receives Award at the Boyle Heights Tech Center 10th Anniversary; photo courtesy of Hay Knee Photography
Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center recently celebrated a landmark anniversary, marking 10 years of providing services to Los Angeles youth on the Eastside. Nearly 250 guests attended the October 12th event, including

Jan Perry, EWDD GM, with JJ Ramberg, host of Your Business
Jan Perry, EWDD General Manager, and Your Business host and Goodshop co-founder JJ Ramberg talked about the resurgence of Downtown LA and entrepreneurs against the backdrop of the early morning Grand Central Market this week.

Day Laborer Construction Training at LATTC
Day laborers in Los Angeles are learning basic framing techniques and how to read blueprints thanks to trainings held at Los Angeles Trade Tech College.

LA:RISE logo
A new City of L.A. program aimed at helping homeless people get back on their feet and re-enter the workforce is paying dividends in its first year.

Jule Carney, 45, struggled to find work after serving a 15-year-prison sentence. He was unable to expunge his past convictions, creating a barrier to employment. He enrolled in LA:RISE through

Los Angeles Holds First Ever Manufacturing Industry Symposium
EWDD collaborated with the Industrial Waste Management Division of the Bureau of Sanitation on the first-ever Los Angeles Industry Business Symposium for manufacturing companies in the City of Los Angeles. The day-long symposium was held September 29th at the Goodwill Community Enrichment Center and

The Los Angeles Workforce Development Board approved $250,000 to provide job training services for veterans and homeless individuals in downtown's skid row community on September 21, 2016. Goodwill Industries of Southern California was selected as the grant recipient to provide assessments, referrals, career training, and employment opportunities for at least 50 individuals experiencing homelessness.

Boyle Heights Tech Center Workforce Wednesday Event Collage
Staff at the City of L.A.’s sixteen YouthSource Centers played host to hundreds at this week’s “Workforce Wednesday,” a special day full of events aimed at encouraging young Angelenos to take advantage of free education and training services. Each YouthSource center offered entertainment and refreshments, and had caseworkers on hand to enroll 16 to 24-year-olds in back to school and career training programs.

Hundreds Interview at Call of Duty XP Hiring Fair
Hundreds of South Los Angeles residents interviewed for positions as greeters, support staff and ushers for “Call of Duty: XP 2016,” a popular video gaming event held September 2-4 at the Forum in Inglewood.

Boyle Heights Tech Academy August 2016 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Thousands of Los Angeles students returning from juvenile halls and probation camps each year will have the opportunity to transition back to school, thanks to the launch of two new academies this week.

EWDD Staff speak to a student drop-out about getting back in school
Staff from EWDD’s Youth section and from several YouthSource centers in the South Los Angeles area participated in the 8th annual Student Recovery Day on September 9th. The yearly event is held shortly after the new school year starts and is aimed at encouraging students who have dropped out to re-enroll at their local campus.

Exterior of Hollywood Electrics
The City of LA’s commitment to helping green industry expand is paying dividends. EWDD learned this week that Hollywood Electrics, a client at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), is now the largest retailer of electric motorcycles in the world. The West Hollywood shop, run by trailblazing founder Harlan Flagg, sells models by Zero and Brammo, manufacturers of a new class of motorcycle that is powered by batteries instead of gasoline.