PLN Westlake/MacArthur YouthSource Center Mural by local artist David Flores
A crowd of 100 people celebrated the grand opening on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 of the new Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center in the Westlake/MacArthur Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles.

Jan Perry, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, delivered remarks praising PLN for providing more assistance to youth and families in the area.

The ceremony included a ribbon cutting and the unveiling of a mural at the site by artist David Flores, who donated the artwork to support PLN’s mission.

Genessy Management and Development, external location
The Mid-City BusinessSource Center assisted Mrs. Genny Alberts in obtaining a $650,000 loan to save and expand her business, Genessy Management and Development LLC.

Genny’s business offers managerial services of residential buildings to nonprofits that serve the homeless and low-income individuals and families.

Due to the loss of her beloved son who was managing the business, Genny had a difficult time operating and focusing on the business. She borrowed money from a high-interest lender to help keep her business operating.

Jhohandra Penate transitioned to a healthcare career path, now working as a nursing assistant
Jhohandra Penate lost her job and was troubled by the lack of employment opportunity she faced. Jhohandra turned to the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College where she received guidance, encouragement and an opportunity.

During an initial assessment, Jhohandra said she dreamed of working in the medical field, but lacked the necessary training and didn't think she could qualify for any medical programs. Her WorkSource advocate gave her direction and showed Jhohandra that she could achieve her career goal.

The WorkSource Center helped her transition into a health care career. She was able to enroll in

Hollywood WorkSource Center’s 2017 Annual Disability Job and Resource Fair
The Hollywood WorkSource Center held its 2017 Annual Disability Job and Resource Fair on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The effort sought to promote employment outcomes of persons with disabilities (PWD) by encouraging employers to recognize the value and talent PWDs bring to the workforce.

Approximately 218 people attended the event, which was led by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions (MCS).

Interior of Niky's Sports store on 7th Street in DTLA
The Harbor BusinessSource Center helped the owner of a small chain of athletic apparel stores refinance several loans and is assisting with the expansion of its downtown Los Angeles store.

Nicholas Orellana is the owner of Niky’s Sports, Inc, located at 1536 West 7th Street. Niky’s Sports has seven locations, including five in the Los Angeles area.

The 7th Street location was financed with two 7 percent interest loans and Nicholas wanted to refinance these loans at a lower rate. After receiving a referral from a previous client, Nicholas met with a consultant at the Harbor BusinessSource Center.

The delegation from Denver, Colorado, with EWDD representatives and their Workforce Partners
A delegation from Denver, Colorado visited the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) on Thursday October 5 to learn best practices from the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development System on how to provide opportunities to residents that will lead to economic mobility.

“You’ve really found what the ecosystem of what workforce development is,” said Albus Brooks, Denver City Council President, who said he was impressed that various LA workforce groups worked together rather than in silos.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry provided an overview of the City’s

P3 Ambassador Destiny Nguyen with the California Grizzly Bear at the state capitol
P3 Ambassador Destiny Nguyen recently traveled to Governor Jerry Brown’s office in Sacramento in support of updates to provisions of Assembly Bill No. 1567 that will include additional help for foster care youth.

At the state capitol, Destiny shared her story of how she entered the foster care system and where she is in her life’s journey now.

Destiny is a Youth Ambassador for the Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) program, an integrated service model that helps students by placing LAUSD pupil service counselors and social services at the City’s Youth Source Centers, creating a one stop shop for youth to find resources to finish high school and successfully transition to college or employment.

Stephen Perry and business partner Rita Linton, with their BSC loan Counselor
The Central West Region BusinessSource Center provided financial guidance and loan assistance to a former child actor, helping him and his business partner realize their dream of opening a Southern Creole restaurant in Los Angeles.

Stephen Perry worked as a child actor, appearing in films such as “Raisin in the Sun,” “The Sound and the Fury,” and TV shows including “The Twilight Zone” and “The Mod Squad.”

Stephen transitioned to the restaurant business in 1986. He and his business partner Rita Linton, opened Stevie’s Creole Café in 2016.

US Army Veteran Jaime Ramirez, now an HVAC technician
When US Army Veteran Jaime Ramirez was laid off earlier this year, the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at LATTC helped him transition into a new career in the trades.

Jaime lost his job at Home Depot in March 2017 and he struggled to find stable employment with a career pathway. He said he always had a mechanical aptitude and an ability to repair equipment, but he did not have the resources to cover the cost of training.

At the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center, a Veterans Career Coach provided Jaime guidance to help him achieve his career goals.

(L to R) Punch Studio Assistant Manager Esmeralda Soto with , Margarita Santos, Jocelyn Rodriguez (career coach), Eloisa Madueno, Jazmina Chavarria, and Sandra Flores
The Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) recently placed four women at jobs with a national supplier of home, gift and stationary products.

Eloisa Madueno, Jazmina Chavarria, Margarita Santos, and Sandra Flores struggled for months to find employment due language barriers.

A career coach at the Vernon-Central WSC, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), provided the women assistance with resume building, interview techniques, and job leads.

LA Youth from the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (courtesy of
EWDD and the City’s Workforce Development Board were awarded a $790,000 grant that provides funding for EWDD programs dedicated to improving reentry outcomes for incarcerated youth.

Awarded by the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) through the Second Chance Act Program, the grant supports counties and states in refining and implementing improved collaborative strategies to address the challenges that reentry and recidivism reduction pose.

The grant period is for two years and began on October 1, 2017.

Boyle Heights Tech Youth Center Students Complete Drone Pilot Training
Thirteen students at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center recently completed a Drone Pilot Training program, readying them for a career in an emerging key growth industry.

The Drone Pilot Training is funded by the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board Innovation Funds, in partnership with the EWDD and The Tesla Foundation Group.

The students completed the intensive three week, 27-hour training on Thursday September 28, 2017.