California State Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra
Organizations, assemblymembers, and youth met and discussed what can be done to reconnect youth

California State Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra and the Select Committee on Addressing Out of School, Unemployed Youth met on July 30th for an informational hearing on Disconnected Youth and Pathways to Reconnect. One out of five young people ages 16 - 24 is out of school and unemployed in the City of Los Angeles and there are an estimated 870,000 disconnected youth in California.

Powerline Greenworx Components
Powerline Control Systems Inc. (PCS), established in 1996, develops and manufactures high-quality lighting and electrical control devices for the residential, commercial and industrial markets. The PCS residential division is well established, and has strong potential for further growth.

Juanita Tate Marketplace Grand Opening
The 6.6 acre Juanita Tate Marketplace/Slauson-Central Project is built on a brownsfield site which was formerly a scrap yard and recycling facility in the south Los Angeles area. As the result of careful planning, the former brownfield site has been converted into a new shopping center with approximately 77,095 square feet of leasable retail space.

Homeboy Industries Logo
At Homeboy Industries’ non-profit, former at-risk gang-members (male and female) receive a continuum of free services and participate in programs that allow them to develop job skills. They receive on-the-job training at the Home Girl Café and Homeboy Bakery.

President Obama Signing WIOA into Law
New legislation will reform America’s Job Training Programs and improve workforce services and training opportunities for job seekers

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Enjoying unusual bi-partisan support by Congress, the legislation reforms and supersedes the existing Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The WIOA will continue to be the primary federal funding source for the City of Los Angeles Workforce Workforce Development System, comprised of the WorkSource and YouthSource Centers Network.

Congratulations to the 79 young people from South LA's Vernon-Central neighborhood, who graduated from CRCD Academy and South Los Angeles YouthBuild on June 26, 2014 at a ceremony on the campus of LA Trade Technical College. The graduates earned high school diplomas and pre-apprenticeship certificates in construction.

The goal of the USC Bridges to Business Success Program is to provide capacity building training for small minority/women/veteran business owners, enabling them to secure contracting opportunities and create and retain jobs. The USC Bridges Program has been developed as a bundled training consisting of eight modular workshops held consecutively totaling approximately 32 hours in the classroom.

Integrates Small Businesses Resources from across the City into One Single Portal

The BusinessSource Virtual Counselor Network (VCN), a new initiative funded by a $100,000 contribution from Citi Community Development that will improve City services to small business owners, has been launched today.

VCN aims to improve the quality of BusinessSource services. A small business owner can visit one of the city’s BusinessSource Centers and be connected either by phone or video chat with a counselor specifically suited to their business or language needs. By making experts available virtually, this network reduces Angelenos’ needs to visit a different location or return at a later date.

City of Los Angeles Will Assist Job Seekers with $90 Million Federal Workforce Development System

June 5, 2014, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the completion of a six month procurement process that provides a newly designed and updated WorkSource Center system for the City of Los Angeles, focusing on practical training for emerging job sectors. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the new system that is federally funded under the Workforce Investment Act. The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) will administer a total of $18 million dollars on an annual basis for up to five years to contract agencies to carry out programs that train and place Angelenos in growth industries.

Dr. Paul Harrington, Director, Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University
Crossroads 2014-The Multigenerational Workforce at the Crossroads conference, held May 9, 2014, was thought provoking, informative and surprising

May 15, 2014

Featured Speaker, Dr. Paul Harrington, Director, Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University delivered his findings regarding the ages of workers entering or re-entering the workplace. Most surprising is the rise in the number of older workers 55+ versus younger workers who are entering the job market.

Mayor Garcetti, LAUSD Superintendent Deasy and EWDD General Manager Jan Perry with HireLA's Youth Participants

Mayor Garcetti, LAUSD Superintendent Deasy Announce The Summer of Learning

May 13, 2014

The Los Angeles Summer of Learning program is a citywide initiative to keep youth engaged in learning this summer. This program - along with Summer Night Lights to extend evening park hours and Youth Summer Jobs to place 10,000 young Angelenos with summer jobs - are all part of Mayor Garcetti’s Summer of Success initiative for the City of Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti Works with EWDD General Manager Jan Perry and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce for HireLA's Youth Campaign. Read the full letter here.