Boris, a participant of the 2017 California Wildfires National Dislocated Worker Grant, at his work site at McGroarty Arts Center
Boris was searching for a job when he first heard about the 2017 California Wildfires National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) through the Hollywood WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions (MCS).

Boris had tried out different jobs after struggling through a conviction, probation, depression, substance abuse issues and rehabilitation. Boris enrolled in the NDWG Program through the Hollywood WorkSource Center.

Harry’s LA Pizza business partners Carlos Flores and Anacleto Barrientos Gonzales launch their North Hills restaurant
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped friends and business partners Carlos Flores and Anacleto Barrientos Gonzales launch Harry’s LA Pizza, a North Hills pizzeria aimed at serving pizza with a “Latin touch.”

Starting in spring 2019, the South Valley BSC began assisting Carlos and Anacleto, first with filing and publishing of their DBA and Business Tax Registration Certificate for Harry’s LA Pizza. The BSC then assisted the team with finalizing their partnership agreement and helped them with licensing and obtaining a seller’s permit.

LA:RISE participant Justin speaks about his positive experience with the program and how it turned his life around
Working at the social enterprise Chrysalis Roads put Justin on a path to building a better future for himself and his family – and now he is paying it forward.

Shortly after being released from prison, Justin enrolled in the LA:RISE program because he was determined to build a future that was not predicated on his past. After completing Chrysalis’ job readiness program and the Convictions and the Job Search class, Justin joined Chrysalis Roads and began working on freeway maintenance projects.

LA:RISE participant Lupe overcame homelessness, obtained stable employment and is now a full-time college student
After experiencing homelessness and struggling to maintain employment, Lupe enrolled in the LA:RISE program and soon began working at employment social enterprise partner New Earth as a camera operator.

Lupe joined LA:RISE because she was excited about the opportunity to change her life and grow as a person, while also gaining valuable skills through paid job training.

The Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) Quarterly Meeting, hosted by EWDD
Approximately 120 people attended the recent Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) quarterly meeting, hosted by EWDD, which focused on a discussion about services for youth experiencing homelessness in the City and County of Los Angeles.

LAP3 partners, including the Los Angeles Housing Service Authority (LAHSA), delivered a presentation about services and programs available through Youth Coordinated Entry System (YCES) sites. The presentation also provided an overview of the partnerships currently in place for

Compass Rose Collaborative forklift training; Melvontae receiving a set of electrical tools
The Compass Rose Collaborative recently helped participant Melvontae gain a spot in the electrical union as an apprentice and surprised him by providing electrical tools to get him started in his new career.

Melvontae had just been paroled and was skeptical about returning to finish the last week of construction training due to transportation issues, but he was convinced to return and finish his forklift training.

A map of the Blue Line Metro Project (courtesy of LA Metro)
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center, run by EWDD partner Vermont-Slauson Economic Development Corporation, assisted business owner Joe Williams with obtaining a $50,000 loan that helped prevent him from losing a contract with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

Joe, owner of Intuitive Real Estate Solutions, created artificial ivy that is used to provide the city with graffiti and security solutions for various locations, including the Washington Irving Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

EWDD’s Youth Services staff at the Systemwide Professional Development and Personal Enrichment Day
EWDD’s Youth Team conducted a system wide professional development and personal enrichment day Wednesday June 5, 2019.

Approximately 46 individuals attended, the majority of which were case managers. Topics included “Find Your Future,” and “Self-Care.”

The Mayor’s Office recently launched the Find Your Future 2.0 platformas a pilot to engage young people. The session provided training for case managers on how to use the revamped version of the job and support services website and showed case managers how to utilize the website to engage program participants.

Tyren Brown (pictured) successfully transitioned to civil service status at HCIDLA through the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program
EWDD is pleased to premiere a new social media video about the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City of Los Angeles.

The video features Tyren Brown, a TLHP participant who is now a full-time Admin Clerk with civil service status at the Los Angeles Housing Community Investment Department (HCIDLA). His daily duties include reviewing complaints and scheduling inspector visits to ensure that housing is livable for tenants.

El Proyecto YouthSource Center participants that graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College Advanced Manufacturing Academy on May 21, 2019
Six participants from the El Proyecto YouthSource Center graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Advanced Manufacturing Academy May 21, 2019. All of the graduates have already started jobs in the manufacturing industry.

The program teaches students to become Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, a highly specialized position where trainees handle computer-programmed machinery that perform functions such as drilling, cutting or shaping materials.

El Proyecto YouthSource Center participants attending LA Metro's Infrastructure for the Next Generation Workforce Development Fair
Approximately 21 El Proyecto YouthSource Center participants attended Infrastructure for the Next Generation Workforce Development Fair on May 18, 2019. The event, hosted by Metro, was designed to expose and encourage high school students to pursue careers in building and designing physical structures and roads.

The fair was part of Metro’s National Infrastructure Week, which also provided opportunities for youth to engage with industry professionals to create networking opportunities, learn about diverse career paths and internship opportunities,

Compass Rose Collaborative construction training participants learning carpentry skills
Up to 10 participants from the Compass Rose Collaborative Construction training series at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center will have the opportunity to work as carpenter apprentices at the $1 billion Lucas Museum Project, according to EWDD staff.

During the training, participants learned teamwork, safety, basic carpentry, framing, roofing and how to read blueprints and how to operate power tools.