L.A. Hospitality Training Academy in Action
Adine Forman, Executive Director of the Hospitality Training Academy (HTA), will speak at the Economic Policy Institute/Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) Conference in St Louis this week. Adine will be speaking on the ground-breaking efforts of The Hospitality Training Academy, which is a labor-management partnership, in collaboration with a one-stop job center (American Job Centers) and the City of L.A. Workforce Development Board (WDB).

Young Angelenos Participating in the Para Los Niños YouthSource Workshop on Teen Social Media
The Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center facilitated a workshop focused on social media. The workshop addressed the impact that images in social media have on teen identity, expectations, dating behavior and relationships. Fourty-Seven PLN YouthSource students participated

Innovation in the City report cover page
In a newly released report by The Center for an Urban Future and NYU Wagner, funded by the Citi Foundation, the L.A. YouthSource Center System was touted as one of the 15 initiatives globally with a bold urban policy and a proven record of success.

The report points out that

Los Angeles Youth at ServiceWorks 2016 Boot Camp
A skills-building boot camp hosted on November 19th by ServiceWorks in Los Angeles focused on skill-building and services for young adults ages 16 to 24. The boot camp brought together speakers from the White House, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Economic Opportunity, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.

Uli Nasibova (second from right), owner of Gelateria Uli, and her employees
Helping Los Angeles businesses thrive is a big part of what we do here at EWDD because when you build a strong economy, jobs follow. Uli Nasibova and her gelato shop in downtown Los Angeles are a good example of how this works.

Nasibova wanted to open a second location following the 2014 launch of her wildly popular ice-cream shop, Gelateria Uli, located at

Saul Gonzalez at his Full Time Job with Target Stores
A reminder of how EWDD and its partner agencies help to lift our young people into better lives came to us from the Southeast YouthSource Center, also known as YO Watts. Saul Gonzalez, one of the center’s participants, recently

Jessica White Receives Award at the Boyle Heights Tech Center 10th Anniversary; photo courtesy of Hay Knee Photography
Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center recently celebrated a landmark anniversary, marking 10 years of providing services to Los Angeles youth on the Eastside. Nearly 250 guests attended the October 12th event, including

Jan Perry, EWDD GM, with JJ Ramberg, host of Your Business
Jan Perry, EWDD General Manager, and Your Business host and Goodshop co-founder JJ Ramberg talked about the resurgence of Downtown LA and entrepreneurs against the backdrop of the early morning Grand Central Market this week.

Day Laborer Construction Training at LATTC
Day laborers in Los Angeles are learning basic framing techniques and how to read blueprints thanks to trainings held at Los Angeles Trade Tech College.

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A new City of L.A. program aimed at helping homeless people get back on their feet and re-enter the workforce is paying dividends in its first year.

Jule Carney, 45, struggled to find work after serving a 15-year-prison sentence. He was unable to expunge his past convictions, creating a barrier to employment. He enrolled in LA:RISE through

Los Angeles Holds First Ever Manufacturing Industry Symposium
EWDD collaborated with the Industrial Waste Management Division of the Bureau of Sanitation on the first-ever Los Angeles Industry Business Symposium for manufacturing companies in the City of Los Angeles. The day-long symposium was held September 29th at the Goodwill Community Enrichment Center and

#LArise
The Los Angeles Workforce Development Board approved $250,000 to provide job training services for veterans and homeless individuals in downtown's skid row community on September 21, 2016. Goodwill Industries of Southern California was selected as the grant recipient to provide assessments, referrals, career training, and employment opportunities for at least 50 individuals experiencing homelessness.