A group photo of the 57 Para Los Niños participants who interned at CSULA through HIRE LA’S Youth
Approximately 57 Para Los Niños (PLN) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants completed their Hire LA’s Youth paid internships at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) where they had the opportunity to work at 28 departments throughout the campus.

Several former PLN alumni who previously worked at Cal State LA through the SYEP served as supervisors and mentors to current PLN students.

Deborah Mier participated in the PLN SYEP program in 2011 and was hired by her worksite in 2012. She has since graduated from Cal State LA and is working in the CSULA Veterans Affairs department. Deborah supervised and mentored four PLN SYEP participants this summer. She will be starting graduate school soon and agreed to assist with the PLN YouthSource alumni program.

One of this year’s interns was Luis, who enrolled in PLN’s Central Region YouthSource Program last year and recently graduated from Belmont High School. Luis worked in Cal State LA’s transportation department this summer where he was mentored by CSULA staff and learned about campus resources. He will be attending Cal State LA this fall and has been offered employment at the university.

Luis plans to major in business.

Learn more about the many programs and benefits offered through EWDD Youth Services and their YouthSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 8/13/2018. Read this issue and more.