Selam Patterson in the children's book section of the Los Angeles Public Library in South LA
After moving to Los Angeles from Ethiopia, Selam Patterson had a hard time finding a job, until a friend at church referred her to the Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center, an experience she said opened up possibilities she never imagined, including finding a job with the City of LA.

“With this opportunity, my life changed,” she said. “I feel financial secure and it was a start to lead my life to the right direction.”

Selam currently works as an Admin Clerk for the Los Angeles Public Library in South LA. It’s a position she’s held for more than a year.

Pamela Stokes (center) went through the South Los Angeles WorkSource Center to join the Targeted Local Hire Program and now works as an Administrative Clerk for LAWA
EWDD’s WorkSource Centers were honored at a special presentation Tuesday February 26, 2019 at City Hall celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP).

Nine of EWDD’s WorkSource Centers are credited with processing the approximately 5,653 active applicants into the program, which offers underserved and underemployed Angelenos an opportunity for an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City of LA.

Sound engineers Francois Blaignan and Sirinun Ploadpilew, owners of Tinitus Inc, in their LA studio
The Central West Region BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneurs Francois Blaignan and Sirinun Ploadpilew, owners of Tinitus Inc., obtain a $50,000 Small Business Administration microloan to refinance a high interest debt and renovate two music studios.

Francois’ work has been featured in TV commercials and he currently has contracts with Apple, Beats, Nike and Uber, along with work for feature films and music production.

Youth Opportunity Movement staff Hugh Carter (second from left) and Theresa Cordero (second from right) traveled with members of the Southeast YouthSource Watts Youth Council to the Young Worker Leadership Academy at UC Berkeley
Four members of the Southeast YouthSource Center Watts Youth Council, who were selected to represent Southern California, recently attended the Young Worker Leadership Academy held at the University of California, Berkeley.

According to staff from the Youth Opportunity Watts (YOM) YouthSource Center, attending the Academy was a great experience for the youth, who learned about workplace topics including toxic chemicals, hazards, harassment, and health and safety.

(left to right) EWDD Interim General Manager John L Reamer, Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, Hire LA’s Youth participant Destiny Nguyen, and and Jorge Orozco, Director of Youth Workforce Services at Para Los Niños
Nine out of the dozen participants invited to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s intimate Hire LA’s Youth roundtable discussion on Wednesday February 20, 2019, had ties to EWDD through YouthSource or WorkSource Centers or through an EWDD partnership initiative.

“The event was amazing!” said Destiny Nguyen, who worked at the Para Los Niños Central Region YouthSource Center through the Hire LA’s Youth program and now currently works at EWDD.

Julie Gutierrez (center) poses with Downtown-Pico Union WorkSource Center Senior Workforce Development Specialist Marcella Wong (left) and DACE WIOA Navigator Eleanor Comegys (right)
In partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE), the Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center provided funding for student and job seeker Julie Gutierrez’s training to become a Pharmacy Technician.

Julie called the WorkSource Center in April 2018 seeking assistance and was connected with Eleanor Comegys, a DACE Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Navigator. Eleanor told Julie about the Pharmacy Technician program at Evans Community Adult School.

David Oliva (left) found a full-time job within two weeks after being released from prison With help from the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center and Career Coach Jessica Fuentes (right)
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided re-entry worker David Oliva with job search assistance, helping him find a full-time job within two weeks as a tow truck driver.

David was recently released from prison, having been incarcerated for more than 20 years. When he came to the WorkSource Center, he was afraid that due to his lack of skills and background it would be nearly impossible for him to gain employment.

LA:RISE helped Catalina (left) transition to a career as a peer case manager in social services
While incarcerated, Catalina learned about LA:RISE partner Homeboy Industries and was excited about the opportunity to change her life.

After her release from prison, Catalina faced housing instability and lacked a driver’s license and social security card. She joined Homeboy Industries and interned at Project 180, which taught her critical work and life skills.

LA:RISE provided Raul (center) the support he needed to learn transitional skills to lead a constructive lifestyle and get a job
After experiencing long term homelessness and incarceration, Raul was starting to feel hopeless and alarmed about his future. He had been out of the workforce for 15 years, had no support base and his situation often made him feel vulnerable and susceptible to negative behaviors, he said.

The LA:RISE program gave Raul guidance on how to create a constructive lifestyle and help him become self-sufficient.

Lilian at her new permanent job as a career service specialist at the Northeast WorkSource Center
After losing her job, Lilian decided to change her career and went back to school to become a surgical technologist. After graduating from her program in 2017 as a surgical technologist, she was unable to find a job and ended up homeless.

In July 2018, Lilian received a referral to work as a front desk receptionist at the Northeast WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Goodwill Southern California.

YouthSource participant Joslyn Hernandez, who earned her high school diploma and is on the path toward a nursing career
The Para Los Niños East Region YouthSource Center (YSC) provided ongoing support to single mother Joslyn Hernandez, helping her obtain her high school diploma and covering the cost for her to receive medical assistant training, a stepping stone to what she hopes will be a nursing career.

At PLN, Joslyn, 18, received guidance to enroll in the Accelerated College and Career Transition (ACCT) program at East Los Angeles Skills Center where she prepared for the high school equivalency exam.

NC Abrams (far right), co-founder of Rhythm & Remedy, coaches Boyle Heights Technology YSC participants and social media star Aaron Burriss (second from right, blue sweater) for a professional music track recorded at The Tech

For the past four years, the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (YSC), referred to by YSC participants as “The Tech” has partnered with Helping the Next Developers and Producers (HNDP), a Los Angeles-based group dedicated to providing an entry-point for underserved youth to join the music industry.

HNDP holds a daily music workshop at The Tech's on-site music studio, and works with The Tech exclusively, according to BHTYSC staff.