LAP3 2017-20 Strategic Plan Serving Disconnected Youth Report Cover
City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department staff gathered with several partnering agencies Wednesday August 2 to unveil the Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) 2017-2020 Strategic Plan Serving Disconnected Youth.

“We’re really seeing that the model is working,” said Angela Rosales, Youth Systems Integration Manager for Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a LAP3 partner.

An estimated 70 people attended representing approximately 40 agencies including key partners the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development Aging and Community Services, Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Community College District.

La Tropicana Neighborhood Market in Highland Park
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center provided business consulting services to La Tropicana Market, guiding the Highland Park neighborhood grocery through key issues during its expansion.

Founded in 2002 by owner Rana Silyan Redfield, the specialty market offers high quality Latino and Jamaican products that reflect the tastes of local residents. Redfield originally opened the market with family savings.

Located at 5200 Monte Vista Street near Ave 52 for 15 years, Redfield initially leased a portion of the building and saw an opportunity to expand when the space next door became available. The

The UPS Workforce Learning Lab through HIRE LA’s Youth, serves autistic youth
The first Hire LA’s Youth worksite to offer job training to young people with special needs opened in early July. The Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center recently partnered with the United Parcel Service to open the UPS Workforce Learning Lab in Culver City, where a dozen youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will have the opportunity to practice the social skills needed to succeed in the workplace.

“What I want to do is give them the tools they need so when they get these jobs they’re able to be a viable member of the workplace,” said program Founder Dr. Pam Wiley.

Chef Mitchell Frieder leads students through “Vegetable Cookery”
The Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) recently launched its Culinary Apprenticeship Program, an intense five week program where 22 students receive accelerated training on how to become a line cook. The City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) and the EWDD helps finance HTA programs with grant funding. HTA Executive Director Adine Forman also serves on the WDB Board and is a member of a WDB ad-hoc committee on expanding apprenticeship opportunities.

The training is held in the industrial kitchen at the historic Belasco Theater in Downtown LA, where students hone their knife skills while immersed in cooking courses prepare them for life in the kitchen.

LATTC WorkSource Center Career Counselor Jessica Fuentes and a former American Apparel employee featured in a Telemundo story about CA EDD’s $3M grant to retrain American Apparel workers
EWDD WorkSource Centers received a spate of local news coverage following the California Employment Development Department’s announcement in early July that it was awarding a $3 million grant to EWDD and the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development Aging and Community Services (WDACS) to provide training and reemployment service for the 600 employees laid off from American Apparel.

EWDD, in partnership with WDACS, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the EDD, submitted a joint grant application in April to receive $3 million in federal funds to provide additional assistance to the approximately 3,457 American Apparel employees who lost their jobs when the company shut down in January 2017.

Avid thrift store shopper Ivanna Valdivia turned her passion for resale clothing into an online website, with guidance from the South Valley BusinessSource Center
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided San Fernando Valley entrepreneur Ivanna Valdivia with business plan development services that helped her grow Thrift It Up!, a website that specializes in affordable resale clothing.

In 2016, Ivanna identified an online shopping gap for cost conscious thrift store clothing. She decided to launch her business, leveraging more than a decade of customer service experience, including managing more than 40 employees at one of the largest and most profitable thrift stores in the San Fernando Valley.

Earlier this year,

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry moderated the LA:RISE discussion as chair of the County of Los Angeles Small Business Commission
EWDD staff delivered a presentation about the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) program to the County of Los Angeles Small Business Commission on Wednesday, July 12. The presentation was made to increase awareness in the region’s small business community about the program’s efforts to place the hardest to serve populations in jobs, including the homeless, the formerly incarcerated and disconnected youth.

Launched in 2015, LA:RISE, which is managed by EWDD, is a five-year program that provides integrated services from the City’s Workforce System, social enterprises and retention support providers with the goal of giving participants the

LAEDC LA People, Industry and Jobs 2016-2021 Report Cover
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) Institute for Applied Economics recently released Los Angeles: People, Industry and Jobs 2016-2021.

The report provides an in-depth analysis of key industries and occupations for the LA region, including occupational forecasts, and provides a strategic blueprint on how to focus resources so that workforce development is aligned with the region’s economic development priorities.

VaKA Burger showcased
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center assisted Chef Aaron J. Perez in securing a $200,000 Small Business Administration loan that will allow him to expand all-natural gourmet eatery VaKA Burger to a new location at 3107 Beverly Boulevard in LA’s Rampart Village neighborhood.

Mr. Perez launched VaKa Burger in 2013, amassing a following for its grass-fed burgers that resulted in positive reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine and Eater LA.

The iconic DTLA mural for Dearden's, an historic LA department store
The City of Los Angeles EWDD’s Rapid Response Team provided an overview about applying for unemployment benefits, resources for job training and information about applying for health insurance on July 5th and 6th to 89 employees of Dearden’s, a historic Los Angeles business that is shuttering its doors in August after 108 years.

“I’m really happy that the services are out there, especially for employees that have been doing this a very long time,” said Ronny Bensimon, Chief Executive.

El Oaxaqueño business owner Juan Martinez
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center assisted an entrepreneur with business planning and financing to realize his dream of purchasing a small grocery store offering fresh meats and vegetables.

Juan Martinez is no stranger to hard work. He is a licensed vocational nurse and has also worked as a salesman of wholesale products to local stores in the Los Angeles area.

In early 2016, Mr. Martinez found an opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream of

Anti-Recidivism Coalition founder Scott Budnick and LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis celebrate the graduation of 27 formerly incarcerated individuals from the LATTC Apprenticeship Program
Scott Budnick, producer of the “Hangover” movie franchise, recently partnered with the Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) to create apprenticeship opportunities in the construction trades for individuals recently released from prison.

EWDD’s Vernon Central WorkSource Center, operated by CRCD, was instrumental in partnering with LATTC and ARC by providing tools, Union Initiation Fees, financial coaching and interview preparation services.