Hire LA's Youth, one of Mayor Eric Garcetti's top initiatives, will connect 15,000 young Angelenos to employment opportunities this summer

Los Angeles youth between the ages of 14 and 24 today began registering for the 2016 Hire LA's Youth summer employment program. Hire LA's Youth provides what are often first-time paychecks, along with skills training, on-the-job mentoring and financial literacy workshops.

Spa images
Aksarapak Bondu and her three children immigrated to the U.S. in 2007 with just some luggage and the cash in her pocket. However, through hard work and dedication, by early 2011 she successfully opened a Thai Spa in Westwood, and by early 2013, she also opened a traditional Thai clothing store in Hollywood. Both of her businesses bring

HireLA's Youth Program Video
EWDD staff this week met with 7-11 franchisees to recruit jobs for low-income youth as part of this year’s HIRE LA’s Youth initiative. Not only did the franchisees agree, but as result of that meeting, 7-11’s corporate officers in Houston agreed

JobsLA Mobile App Screen
The initial numbers are in and it’s clear: the JobsLA mobile app attracts a younger audience.

It’s perhaps not surprising that users 30 and younger prefer the mobile version of the job-finding website that

Filmstrip and Money
An expanded film and TV tax credit program is expected to generate $1.7 billion in direct spending in California in its first full year, with much of the new production taking place in Los Angeles.

For the final reporting quarter, all nine selected television productions will be shot in Los Angeles.

Mayor Garcetti Announces Launch of JobsLA Mobile App
Mayor Eric Garcetti today unveiled a new JobsLA mobile app that allows job seekers to use smartphones to search nearly 50,000 employment listings in the City of Los Angeles, and up to 150,000 countywide.

The Mayor made his announcement during remarks at the Northeast Valley WorkSource Center, which drew job-seekers and employers in the “sharing” or on-demand economy

Brouwerij West Grand Opening
San Pedro’s Brouwerij West had a smash grand opening on February 27th, serving artisanal brews to the more than 4,000 people who streamed through its new quarters in a vintage warehouse.

EWDD in 2015 helped Brouwerij West obtain a $442,845 loan to purchase special Belgian-made brewing equipment that uses less water than traditional methods. The opening-day rush was so intense that founders Brian Mercer and Dave Holop briefly worried about keeping up with demand. Thankfully, Brouwerij West kept pouring its line of wheat- and barley-brewed ales until the last minute.

The numbers are in and it’s official: the Los Angeles Opportunity Fair & Forum on February 11th produced more than 1,000 on-the-spot job offers to youth between the ages of 16 and 24.

What’s more, thousands of Los Angeles youth who aren’t in school or working received

Youth Financial Literacy
On February 9th, Mayor Eric Garcetti, EWDD’s Lisa Salazar, and Amias Gerety, Acting Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Treasury, addressed a City Hall roundtable on how to expand financial education for youth.

Southeast L.A. WorkSource Portal Ribbon Cutting
Mayor Eric Garcetti Announces Opening of New WorkSource Portal in Southeast Los Angeles and the Investment of $2.4 Million on New Job Training Initiatives

On February 8, 2016, Mayor Eric Garcetti celebrated the opening of a new WorkSource Portal in Southeast Los Angeles that will bring enhanced job-search services to South Los Angeles residents.

Para Los Niños Counselors Help David Garcia See His Career Path
The assistance provided at EWDD-administered YouthSource centers often goes above and beyond, as demonstrated clearly in this story from community partner Para Los Niños (PLN). David Garcia, left, came to the PLN’s East Region center last year as a senior at Wilson High School. He comes from a single parent home and has experienced a lot of barriers.

Conscious Cup Café Grand Opening
Through the efforts of Council District 13, the Economic and Workforce Development Department, and Step Up on Vine, a great new business partner for the City of Los Angeles launched this week with the opening of Conscious Cup at 1057 N. Vine Street, Hollywood. Step Up on Second Street was awarded