(left) Steven Mason and (right) Destiny Nguyen served as LAP3 Ambassadors. EWDD and the LA Chamber of Commerce recently won a $250,000 grant that will build on the LAP3 model to help foster youth Countywide.
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, in partnership with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Foundation, recently won a $250,000 Accelerator grant that will provide additional resources to improve workforce outcomes for the region’s foster youth.

The Foster Careers LA Project will develop a Foster Youth Accelerator Network in LA County comprised of child welfare, workforce development system, and nonprofit stakeholders to collaboratively develop and prototype solutions to eliminate

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (center) and Youth Opportunity Movement, Watts participants attended a Martin Luther King, Jr. barbecue on Saturday January 13, 2018 sponsored by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck (right) and Community Safety Partnership Officers in Watts
Los Angeles City Council District 9 Councilman Curran Price, Jan Perry, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD), and a dozen YouthSource Center participants attended a Martin Luther King Day barbeque hosted by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck and the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Officers in Watts.

The barbeque, which took place on Saturday January 13, 2018, is a local tradition for the Watts Community to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Hollywood BusinessSource Center helped Arlington Heights Mini Market owner Herman Russell expand his business, paving the way for up to 8 new employees
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) has developed a longstanding relationship with Herman Russell, owner of the Arlington Heights Mini Market, helping him expand his business and create up to eight new jobs.

In 2015, Herman turned to the Hollywood BSC, run by EWDD partner Managed Career Services, for assistance in obtaining a small loan to purchase inventory to keep the shelves stocked at his mini market.

icon images of concrete, a skillsaw, a planer, a bucket of paint and a jackhammer, all representing various construction jobs
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped Sergio Armas, president of Adolfo’s Contractor Corporation, obtain a $75,000 business loan to retain 10 jobs and create up to 12 new positions.

In fall 2017, Adolfo’s Contractor Corporation’s bid was selected for a large project that required the purchase of new equipment and 10 new staff.

Sergio needed a loan in a short time frame to provide upfront financing for the project.

an image of construction employee apparel including work boots, a tool belt and a hard hat
The Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center (WSC) hosted the Jordan Downs Redevelopment Job Fair on January 11th, where local residents will have an opportunity to interview for 54 available spots as framers, plumbers, general labors, iron workers and other construction jobs.

Hiring priority will be given to Jordan Downs residents, Watts residents, YouthBuild participants (a program designed to help low-income youth ages 16-24 gain construction experience) and City of Los Angeles residents, said Pamela Paige, Workforce Development and Section 3 Manager at the Watts/Los Angeles WSC.

(left to right) EWDD’s Alex Lakshtanov and Chris Rajapakse helping victims of the December fires with employment and business related support
EWDD WorkSource and BusinessSource staff provided families and business owners impacted by the recent fires in Los Angeles with information about how the City’s WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers can assist with recovery efforts.

EWDD answered the call to staff the Creek, Skirball and Rye Fires Local Assistance Center at the Lake View Terrace Recreation Center December 12th through December 16th, joining other government agencies to provide services and information to residents and businesses impacted by the fires.

Juan Gonzales with family and West Valley BSC staff at the grand opening of his Reseda restaurant
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped entrepreneur Juan Gonzales develop a business plan to help him secure a $50,000 small business loan, then provided marketing materials to help promote the opening of the second location of his “Tamales House” restaurant.

Juan opened his first handmade tamales location “California Tamales House,” in North Hills in 2005. The restaurant specializes in quality, healthy tamales that are fresh, gluten free and not cooked in lard.

LA-based GLOW GIRL! Natural Skin Care Line
The Mid-City Region Los Angeles BusinessSource Center assisted entrepreneur EnJunaya Canton in securing a $500 microloan to increase her inventory of natural skin care products.

In 2015, EnJunaya branded her line of natural skin care products as GLOW GIRL!

The line features products free of toxins and

YO! Watts donated over 400 bags of healthy food to local families
The YO! Watts YouthSource Center celebrated its new location at 1773 East Century Boulevard by donating more than 400 bags of healthy food to local families and hosting a holiday dinner party for 175 guests on December 21, 2017.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry toured the three-story facility with Hugh Carter, director of the YO! Watts YouthSource Center.

The center includes a gym, a computer lab and staff offices.

Fresa y kiwi paleta from Sabores Michoacán, courtesy of the Sabores Michoacán facebook page
The North Valley BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Marisela Bulgarin achieve her dream of opening Sabores Michoacán, a Mexican ice cream parlor in the North East San Fernando Valley.

North Valley BusinessSource staff helped Marisela develop a business plan through one-on-one consultations, along with assistance filing permits and licenses and lease review.

EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions sent 17 workers from the Hollywood WorkSource and BusinessSource centers to Southern California's first Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program, administered by the US Department of Labor
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, staff from the Hollywood WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers completed a year-long course in Southern California’s first Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program, administered by the US Department of Labor.

Started in January 2017, the program provided 144 hours of class instruction, including innovative lessons and theories designed to help workforce and economic development workers improve their programs.

Former LAP3 Youth Ambassador Steven Mason now works at EWDD and is taking steps toward a bright future
When Steven Mason was growing up, his parents told his younger sister to not follow his example, to build a life opposite of the one he pursued.

“Whatever you can think of as far as crime, I did it,” Steven said, now age 22.

At age 13, Steven brought a knife to school to defend himself against a bully who taunted him for his stutter. He then