EWDD and LA Chamber of Commerce Win Joint Grant for Foster Youth
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 Youth and General Manager Attend LAPD MLK Picnic
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.
Hollywood BusinessSource Helps Business Owner Grow, Create Jobs
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.
South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center Helps Contractor Create and Retain 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.
Watts/LA WorkSource Center Hosts Jordan Downs Redevelopment Job Fair
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.
EWDD Provided Employment and Business Recovery Resources During Fires
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.
West Valley BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneur Open Second 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.
YO! Watts YouthSource Center Celebrates New Location
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.
Hollywood WSC and BSC Completes US DOL Apprenticeship Training
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.