LAVC Advanced Manufacturing graduates at their March 20, 2019 culmination ceremony
Students from the El Proyecto Del Barrio YouthSource Center and South Los Angeles WorkSource Center comprised the majority of the 20 graduates at the Los Angeles Valley College Advanced Manufacturing Academy culmination ceremony on March 20, 2019.

Now in its 13th year, about 50 percent of participants are between the ages of 18 to 29, and the program has a job placement rate between 85 and 95 percent, depending on the cohort, said Roberto Gutierrez, program manager of the LAVC Workforce Training Program.

Compass Rose Collective program participants during their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Certification training at the Boyle Heights YouthSource Center
Fifteen Compass Rose Collective (CRC) participants completed their Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Training (HAZWOPER) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Certification in early March 2019.

This was a short-term certification cohort to prepare the participants for an upcoming Malibu Fire clean-up project and for other construction jobs.

“Everything I learned in the training, I use every day at work,” said CRC participant Steven. “This is my first real job and it feels amazing.”

(left to right) Jose Molina, owner of MGD Door Installation, with South Los Angeles BusinessSource consultant Fernando Borja
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Jose Molina, owner of MGD Door Installation, take his business to the next level.

Jose had worked in the door installation field for 18 years, primarily as a handyman and installing doors based on referrals from friends and family. Searching for business resources, Jose learned about the South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center and spoke with a business consultant.

Recent college grad Susana Gonzalez, who found a new job with help from the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center helped recent college graduate Susana Gonzalez apply her Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare and Disabilities Studies to land a job as a Client Services Coordinator position with non-profit Chrysalis.

Susana, a bilingual adult participant, first visited the WorkSource Center in mid-January 2019, where she enrolled for services. Susana met with an intake specialist, who noted her active community involvement and recommended that she attend a job fair specifically recruiting case managers.

Resource fair vendors and job seekers at Transcend, the first ever South LA Transgender Job Fair, held March 13, 2019 in partnership with the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource
More than 500 job seekers attended “Transcend,” billed as the first ever South Los Angeles Transgender Job Fair on March 13, 2019, held in partnership with the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College WorkSource Center.

Approximately 74 employers from various fields ranging from film to food service conducted an estimated 150 interviews the day of the job fair, with Starbucks offering 15 jobs on the spot, said Rex Wilde, Program Director at TransCanWork, a job fair sponsor.

Veteran Vinicius Cosac (right), with WorkSource Career Coach Ernesto Garcia (left), staffed the APAIT booth at the 2019 South LA Transcend Transgender Job Fair
A veteran who found a new job after the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided funding for his Electrocardiograph Technician training, staffed his organization’s booth at the “Transcend” South Los Angeles Transgender Job Fair.

Vinicius Cosac is a US Army veteran who was discharged from the armed forces in December 2000. After getting laid off in August 2018, Vinicius visited the Vernon-Central/LATTC seeking training opportunities and job placement assistance.

Maria Martinez at her business in Panorama City, Pura Agua Lupita, a purified water retail store
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped entrepreneurs Francisco Romero and wife Maria Martinez refinance predatory loans, gain a better understanding of sales tax regulations and improve their overall business plan and strategy.

Francisco and Maria own Pura Agua Lupita, a Panorama City retail corner store whose primary product is purified water. Maria runs and manages the store, which has been open since 2004.

They came to the North Valley BusinessSource Center office asking for assistance to

Ivor Bok poses beside Metro city buses
EWDD premiered two inspirational social media videos this week featuring Ivor Bok, a graduate of the Metro Bridge Academy at Los Angeles Valley College who shares his trajectory from job seeker to bus operator at Metro.

“My family is my ‘why’ and I suggest that you find your ‘why’,” he said. “I know all of you have a reason, a ‘why’, mine was my family.”

Funded by EWDD, the Metro Bridge Academy is a 70-hour training program that prepares

(far right) EWDD Management Assistant Firdaus Landou talks to interested youth and parents about the EWDD YouthSource program
Approximately 40 attendees from the Women’s History Month event March 8, 2019 at the Getty House stopped by the EWDD YouthSource table to learn about the City’s 14 YouthSource Centers.

Management Assistant Firdaus Landou and Youth Employment Specialist Irene Diaz provided information about the services available at the City’s YouthSource Centers.

LA:RISE program participant Valorie poses in cap and gown after earning her GED
The LA:RISE program helped Valorie, a mother of three, earn her GED and receive training to excel in an office environment, bringing her closer to meeting her goal – to give her family a better life. LA:RISE (Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise) is a program designed to help at-risk and vulnerable individuals overcome challenges to employment through education, skills training and mentoring.

Before discovering LA:RISE, Valorie was eager to find a job and complete her education, but after experiencing homelessness, substance abuse challenges, and dropping out of school, she faced significant barriers to employment.

LAYOM Watts intern Daize Ayon, future manager of the “The Wardrobe” poses with the rolling racks of new clothes
The Southeast Los Angeles Youth Opportunity Movement Watts (LAYOM Watts) YouthSource Center broke ground Saturday March 2, 2019 on “The Wardrobe”, a clothes closet where underserved youth will be able to obtain professional clothing for job interviews and work.

Volunteers from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters and the Local Union Number Eleven International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers donated their time and labor to demolish a defunct boy’s locker room and begin transforming it into a boutique-like shop with hardware and fixtures.

Para Los Niños YouthSource participants on a tour of the University of California, Los Angeles campus while attending the 2019 Raza Youth Conference
EWDD partner Para Los Niños operates both the Central and Northeast Los Angeles YouthSource Centers. Their name means “for the children,” and was founded so that no child would be forgotten. To that end, their mission is to foster pathways to success through promoting education, cultivating powerful families, and building strong neighborhoods for youth to thrive.

The following three stories from their YouthSource centers illustrate the positive work they do for the youth community in LA.