Youth participants of Para Los Niño’s Northeast LA YouthSource Center preparing for college
The Northeast and Central Los Angeles YouthSource Centers (YSC) run by EWDD partner Para Los Niños (PLN), kicked off the school year with a strong start, with each center providing strong guidance toward high school graduation, along with college campus visits to prepare youth participants for university life.

At the Northeast YSC, approximately 35 high school seniors are undergoing the college application process and career readiness curriculum. The curriculum teaches each student about financial aid resources, strategic planning, work readiness certification, well-being workshops and college field trips. Students will be meeting as a cohort at least once a week for sessions and mentoring opportunities.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry addressing a packed crowd at an LA:RISE event sponsored by partner REDF
More than 200 people packed the Edward R. Roybal Room at City Hall Thursday October 4, 2018, to hear the results from an interim evaluation of the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) program.

Initial results confirmed that the program is working, according to “Bringing Together Social Enterprise and Workforce Development System Agencies to Deliver Transitional Employment,” a report funded by the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) and prepared by consultant Social Policy Research Associates (SPR).

EWDD is a leadership team partner of the program and is responsible for making sure the City’s WorkSource Centers prioritize

The Hollywood WSC held its third Disability Job and Resource Fair October 3, 2018
At least eight people were hired on-site at the Hollywood WorkSource Center’s third Disability Job and Resource Fair, held Wednesday October 3, 2018.

More than 200 people attended the event, which was held in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The event’s goal was to promote employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities.

Approximately 24 employers across high-growth sectors participated, along with ten resource tables including organizations such as the California Department of Rehabilitation, Los Angeles City College, and Evans Adult School and Clothes the Deal which provided free business clothing.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (second from left) with Deputy Mayor Brenda Shockley and Councilman Curran Price (second from right) celebrate the grand opening of the new CRCD Enterprises facility
City of Los Angeles General Manager Jan Perry participated in the ribbon cutting of the new Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) Enterprises building in South Los Angeles, the new home of EWDD partner CRCD’s construction social enterprise.

Jan’s history with CRCD dates back to the group’s beginning, when during her tenure as LA City Councilwoman she secured $225,000 in funding from then Congressman Xavier Becerra to provide the seed money for CRCD to launch their organization.

“They ran with it and they ran hard and they have done an incredible job reaching in very deep and pulling people forward to get them job skills,” she said during the grand opening ceremony. Jan added she was proud to see how CRCD has grown.

The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center provided recent construction graduates Anthony Moreno (left) and Jonathan Hernandez (right) with boots and tools to start their new jobs in the trades
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center assisted two recent construction graduates with tools and boots to start work in the trades.

Anthony Moreno recently graduated from the fifth Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) construction cohort at LATTC and he is being sponsored through Local 213 as a carpenter, specializing in drywall and framing.

Jonathan Hernandez was offered a position as a Carpenter Level 1 at San Mar Company who will sponsor him into the Carpenters Local 409 Union.

(left to right) EWDD General Manager Jan Perry, Metta World Peace and outgoing YouthSource Director Brenda Anderson at the last “A Conversation With…” event
Outgoing Youth Operations Director Brenda Anderson donated $2,000 to the City’s YouthSource Centers, reaffirming her belief in the City’s Youth Programs, even in retirement.

“Brenda Anderson, in her inimitable style, left us with a legacy that will continue to resonate even in retirement,” said EWDD General Manager Jan Perry.

Brenda retired from the City of Los Angeles on August 30, 2018 after a 16-year civil service career. Brenda’s legacy projects include the recently launched “A Conversation With…” series, which gives youth from the City’s 14 YouthSource Centers an opportunity to interact with influencers who have faced similar challenges and overcome obstacles to build successful careers.

The Hollywood BSC has steadily assisted entrepreneur Guru Singh in growing his Herbal Cup Tea business
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center has provided ongoing assistance since 2011 to entrepreneur Guru Singh, helping him steadily grow his Herbal Cup Tea business, which is now expected to add six new jobs and reach an estimated $2.5 million in sales by the end of 2018.

The BusinessSource program helped Guru launch Herbal Cup Tea, a line of 10 healing and wellness teas sold at Whole Foods, HomeGoods and Marshalls stores throughout the US. Because of the company’s ability to access capital, Herbal Cup tea has grown from $185,000 in sales in 2013 to more than $1 million to-date.

Grid110 Logo
On September 12, 2018 Grid110 announced the selection of 22 client companies representing 30 entrepreneurs for their fall 2018 Residency and Idea2 (I2P) Prototype programs.

The I2P is an eight-week program that arms entrepreneurs with the tools, framework, structure and community to expand an idea and validate a prototype.

This fall, the Residency Program will serve start-up teams that have moved beyond the idea phase and seek support with customer acquisition, growth, financial modeling,

woman wearing a signature necklace from the Yiceth Rico jewelry line
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center, run by EWDD partner the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC), provided key business guidance and a $500 loan to entrepreneur Yiceth Rico, allowing her to launch her jewelry brand and craft her online presence.

Yiceth’s passion for jewelry began in her hometown of Muzo, Colombia in the state of the Boyacá. Yiceth worked her way up from the ranks in the jewelry business from saleswoman to goldsmith, then designer.

In 2016, she moved to the US to launch her brand, Yiceth Rico Jewelry. The South LA BusinessSource

Dalis and Salis Bakery store pastry display
The West Valley BusinessSource Center, run by EWDD partner VEDC, helped entrepreneurs Jesus Garcia and Ana Madrigal purchase Dalis and Savis Exclusive Cakes, and in the process saved 15 jobs held by San Fernando Valley residents.

Jesus had more than 30 years of baking experience when the owner of the bakery where he worked announced he was retiring and gave Jesus the opportunity to purchase it.

After Jesus and his wife were denied a loan to purchase the business, the banker referred them to the West Valley BSC, where they discussed their situation with the Microloan Department Manager

The Hollywood WorkSource Center staff representing EWDD WorkSource Services at the 2018 biannual LGBT Veteran Stand Down Saturday September 15, 2018
The Hollywood WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner MCS, represented the City of Los Angeles’ 16 WorkSource Centers at the biannual Los Angeles LGBT Center Veteran Stand Down event on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

More than 30 vendors attended, representing local community, supportive and employment resources available to veterans and active service members.

The event was geared for veterans over the age of 50, including the LGBT veteran community. Speakers included Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA LGBT CEO Lorri Jean and Marine Reserve Veteran

University of Southern California (USC) logo with the Hire LA's Youth logo
The University of Southern California recently celebrated the more than 50 local high school and community college Hire LA’s Youth participants whose first job experience at USC exposed them to the opportunities available through campus life.

Irene Rodriguez, vice president of business development for the USC Credit Union has participated in the Hire LA’s Youth program for three years.

“We teach them life skills,” she said. “At the Credit Union we pride ourselves on educating them on credit, credit building, the basics of managing a savings and checking accounts. They leave with a wealth of knowledge that they can take along their lives.”