Upon Retirement, Youth Operations Director Donates $2K to YouthSource Centers
Outgoing Youth Operations Director Brenda Anderson donated $2,000 to the City’s YouthSource Centers, reaffirming her belief in the City’s Youth Programs, even in retirement.
“Brenda Anderson, in her inimitable style, left us with a legacy that will continue to resonate even in retirement,” said EWDD General Manager Jan Perry.
Brenda retired from the City of Los Angeles on August 30, 2018 after a 16-year civil service career. Brenda’s legacy projects include the recently launched “A Conversation With…” series, which gives youth from the City’s 14 YouthSource Centers an opportunity to interact with influencers who have faced similar challenges and overcome obstacles to build successful careers.
Hollywood BusinessSource Provides Ongoing Help to Herbal Cup Tea Entrepreneur
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center has provided ongoing assistance since 2011 to entrepreneur Guru Singh, helping him steadily grow his Herbal Cup Tea business, which is now expected to add six new jobs and reach an estimated $2.5 million in sales by the end of 2018.
The BusinessSource program helped Guru launch Herbal Cup Tea, a line of 10 healing and wellness teas sold at Whole Foods, HomeGoods and Marshalls stores throughout the US. Because of the company’s ability to access capital, Herbal Cup tea has grown from $185,000 in sales in 2013 to more than $1 million to-date.
South LA BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneur Launch Yiceth Rico Jewelry Business
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center, run by EWDD partner the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC), provided key business guidance and a $500 loan to entrepreneur Yiceth Rico, allowing her to launch her jewelry brand and craft her online presence.
Yiceth’s passion for jewelry began in her hometown of Muzo, Colombia in the state of the Boyacá. Yiceth worked her way up from the ranks in the jewelry business from saleswoman to goldsmith, then designer.
In 2016, she moved to the US to launch her brand, Yiceth Rico Jewelry. The South LA BusinessSource
West Valley BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneurs Launch Bakery and Save 15 Jobs
The West Valley BusinessSource Center, run by EWDD partner VEDC, helped entrepreneurs Jesus Garcia and Ana Madrigal purchase Dalis and Savis Exclusive Cakes, and in the process saved 15 jobs held by San Fernando Valley residents.
Jesus had more than 30 years of baking experience when the owner of the bakery where he worked announced he was retiring and gave Jesus the opportunity to purchase it.
After Jesus and his wife were denied a loan to purchase the business, the banker referred them to the West Valley BSC, where they discussed their situation with the Microloan Department Manager
Hollywood WorkSource Shares Resources at LGBT Veteran Center Stand Down
The Hollywood WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner MCS, represented the City of Los Angeles’ 16 WorkSource Centers at the biannual Los Angeles LGBT Center Veteran Stand Down event on Saturday, September 15, 2018.
More than 30 vendors attended, representing local community, supportive and employment resources available to veterans and active service members.
The event was geared for veterans over the age of 50, including the LGBT veteran community. Speakers included Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA LGBT CEO Lorri Jean and Marine Reserve Veteran
USC Celebrates the Culmination of 50 Hire LA’s Youth Interns
The University of Southern California recently celebrated the more than 50 local high school and community college Hire LA’s Youth participants whose first job experience at USC exposed them to the opportunities available through campus life.
Irene Rodriguez, vice president of business development for the USC Credit Union has participated in the Hire LA’s Youth program for three years.
“We teach them life skills,” she said. “At the Credit Union we pride ourselves on educating them on credit, credit building, the basics of managing a savings and checking accounts. They leave with a wealth of knowledge that they can take along their lives.”
“Before starting the Manufacturing Academy classes, I worked 15 years for cellphone refurbishing companies. Unfortunately in my last job the company went bankrupt. Today these companies and other similar ones are out of business,” Jessica said. “At that moment, I decided that I should learn new concepts to be able to improve myself, be at the forefront of technology and be competitive in the labor market.”
Hire LA’s Youth Heroes – Donors Honored at LA City’s Tom Bradley Tower
Nearly 30 people attended the inaugural Hire LA’s Youth Heroes event Wednesday September 12, 2018 at the Tom Bradley Tower at Los Angeles City Hall, the first “Youth Heroes” event to celebrate donors whose sponsorships make it possible for young Angelenos ages 14-24 gain their first work experience.
“Most of the young people come from underserved communities, so to have the opportunity to work at their first job and actually earn their very first paycheck is really, really quite a blessing,” said City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) General Manager Jan Perry, who served as program emcee. “When you invest in the Hire LA’s Youth program, you invest in the future of our city because we’re training the next generation of young people to work.”
BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneur Launch Essential Oil Skin Care Line
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided entrepreneur Maria Suarez step-by-step guidance to develop a business plan with financial projections and assisted her with filing a DBA (Doing Business As) to launch her essential oils skin care line Blend Essence.
Maria, a Latina mother of three, has a passion for natural products and decided to make her own skin care products. After spending several years researching the best ingredients for skin rejuvenation and restoration, Maria began making her own essential oils.
WorkSource Helps Re-Entry Worker and Father of 3 Find a Job
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center, through the LA:RISE program, provided Vernon Shepard with work shoes and support to start his first job after serving 16 years in prison.
Vernon, a father of three, was facing the challenges of homelessness, when he visited the offices of Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) Enterprises, a professional maintenance services company. An EWDD partner, CRCD also runs the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center and the City’s South Region YouthSource Center.
A New Field – Job Seeker Transitions from Sewing to Maintenance
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided Juan Salazar, a father of three boys, with job training to transition from a career in the apparel industry to become a driver for Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) Enterprises.
Juan’s primary skill was sewing and after recently losing his job, he was having a hard time finding work. Juan became interested in working for CRCD Enterprises after seeing their company trucks around his neighborhood.