LA:RISE participant Marnella (pictured) gained the skills to advance in her current job and the confidence to  also pursue her dream career
The May 13, 2019, EWDD Updates highlights two LA:RISE (Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise) success stories. The City’s WorkSource Centers and LA:RISE prioritize individuals recently released from prison, the unsheltered or those at risk of homelessness, and youth ages 18-24 who are neither in school or working.

After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise and leveraging training and services from the WorkSource Center, LA:RISE participants are placed at jobs in the private sector, in public-sector jobs in the City of LA, or in vocational training programs.

LA:RISE Participant Gains Confidence, Leading to Full-Time Job

When Marnella enrolled in the LA:RISE program, she was struggling to find housing and faced homelessness. Even though she was in school and working part-time as a security officer, she was not given enough work hours to pay her rent.

Working at YWCA’s Digital Learning Academy (DLA), an LA:RISE social enterprise partner, put Marnella on the path to self-sufficiency and allowed her to pursue her passion in graphic design.

The experience also provided her with the structure and confidence she needed to advance in her day job.

As a result of the personal and professional growth she gained while enrolled in LA:RISE, Marnella was offered a full-time security officer position and a salary increase. She also is still pursuing her passion and doing freelance design work.

LA:RISE participant Erik (pictured) gained the skills and confidence to be self-sufficient
The LA:RISE program helped Erik (above) gain the skills and confidence to be self-sufficient

LA:RISE Participant Gets Job as Camera Operator, Helps Support Family

Erik enrolled in the LA:RISE program when his family faced financial challenges, including the possibility of homelessness, and he was unable to find a job to support his mom.

LA:RISE social enterprise partner New Earth gave Erik a job as a camera operator, which has helped him gain confidence. He is proud of his hard work and dedication to the program and he now feels he has the tools and experience to prepare for his future.

He is excited for a career where he will be self-sufficient and able to financially support himself.


LA:RISE – A social enterprise solution to help join the workforce

EWDD is a leadership team partner of LA:RISE, an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help men and women with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of May 13, 2019. Read this issue and more.