EWDD WorkSource Centers were recognized at City Hall this week for their involvement in the Targeted Local Hire Program
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department’s 16 WorkSource Centers and two Job Portals were recognized at City Council Friday, February 23, 2018 for their efforts on the one-year anniversary of the Targeted Local Hire Program.

More than 215 people have received civil service jobs with the City of Los Angeles through the program, which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City.

Welcome to WorkSource
The Southeast Los Angeles and Watts WorkSource Centers united on February 16, 2018 in a drive to increase awareness of the job training services available at WorkSource Centers and to sign up more local residents.

They ultimately registered 130 people for services.

The collaboration allowed the centers to help eligible individuals in the area who may have fallen through the cracks,

Dr Anna Harmandarian, DDS, owner of Anna Hamandarian Family Dentistry in Los Angeles
The Mid City BusinessSource Center recently assisted Dr. Anna Harmandarian in securing a $30,000 Small Business Administration loan as working capital for her namesake practice, Harmandarian Family Dentistry.

Anna launched her practice in 2014 and built her business to the solid practice it is today, with five star reviews on Yelp and more than 700 active clients.

Ryan Murphy Television/Hire LA's Youth Summer Employment Program/EWDD logos
For the past two years, Ryan Murphy Television, the production company behind renowned shows such as “American Horror Story,” has hired Hire LA’s Youth participants for internships and has offered several interns full-time positions.

“All of the participants have been extremely eager to learn and quick at it,” said Tanase Popa, producer at Ryan Murphy Television.

Tanase credited EWDD Youth Operations Director Brenda Anderson for preparing interns for the experience, prepping them for interviews and providing transportation funds as needed.

Masonry Apprenticeship Program, learning to lay bricks
The West Adams WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP), recently provided the $300 initiation fee to provide tools, registration fees and two months of union dues for a female cement mason worker selected for the HireLAX Apprenticeship Program, designed to help participants work toward a career in construction.

Granite Construction sponsored the candidate into the Cement Masons Apprenticeship Program and she has been assigned to a worksite at LAX.

Former American Apparel employees attend the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource center garment industry job fair
The Vernon-Central/LATTC Work Source center held a job fair specifically for former American Apparel employees on February 13, 2018.

In preparation for the event, Vernon-Central/ LATTC WorkSource staff assessed the skills and experience of job seekers, developed their resumes and conducted mock interviews.

In partnership with SS Designs, WorkSource Center staff successfully conducted 56 interviews for possible job opportunities.

Sunbox Founders Vanessa Ballesteros and Elisa Gomez obtained a $149,500 loan to expand their business with help from the Harbor BusinessSource
The Harbor BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneurs Vanessa Ballesteros and Elisa Gomez secure a $149,500 loan to expand Sunbox, a healthy kiosk market that features organic, all natural and locally sourced food, snacks and beverages.

Vanessa and Elisa launched Sunbox, Inc in 2015. The following year, they visited a local bank for a loan to expand their business, but were denied because their business was relatively new.

Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center plans to use $35M TCC Program Grant Award to promote green jobs and green technology projects
The Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), celebrated the recent award of a $35 million grant from the California Strategic Council’s Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program.

As part of the grant application process, a selection committee visited EWDD’s Watts/Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Centers to view opportunities for projects, including low carbon transit programs, gardening and urban farming and public housing weatherization programs.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay (left) appeared with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to announce the Evolve Entertainment Fund, a program to help youth gain opportunities at leading digital media and entertainment companies
Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center (BHYTC) participant Eric Rodriguez was a featured success story at the launch of the Evolve Entertainment Fund (EEF), a public-private partnership founded by Mayor Eric Garcetti to create opportunities for career pathways for underrepresented populations into LA’s entertainment industry.

Eric, 23, first visited BHYTC two years ago after hearing about the facility’s music studio.

Zaul Pena displays his high-end samples, created from the training he received in the Stitches program
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry visited the Northeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center on February 2, 2018 to address a class of students who lost their jobs at American Apparel and are now learning new skills to stay in the apparel industry.

“Our goal is to help them see the value of what we’re doing to equip them to be cross-trained,” said Clotee McAfee, founder of the Stitches Workforce Advisory Services (Stitches), an initiative designed to train skilled apparel makers to become experienced sample makers and line sewers at apparel companies.

The exterior of Mariano Farber's  Los Angeles Restaurant, Kachi Deli Cafe & Grill
With help from the Central West BusinessSource Center, Mariano Farber was able to secure a second location for his restaurant, Kachi Deli Café & Grill. Mariano, who is passionate about providing healthy and tasty food to the community, started a small café in Los Angeles with his wife in 2009.

The café serves the type of cuisine that the couple enjoys eating: healthy, fresh, and organic with an Argentinean twist. The business was doing well until an increase in rent forced them out of their old location.

Para Los Niños YouthSource Center helped Kevion (right) return to high school and find a job. PLN also helped Andres (right) start a career path with a job at Children's Hospital LA
Kevion, who had dropped out of high school and wanted to resume his education, found assistance at the Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center.

Kevion joined EWDD’s YouthSource program and also enrolled at the East Los Angeles Skills Center. At PLN, Kevion has been actively participating in the program and is now attending school regularly.