LA:RISE participant Justin speaks about his positive experience with the program and how it turned his life around
Working at the social enterprise Chrysalis Roads put Justin on a path to building a better future for himself and his family – and now he is paying it forward.

Shortly after being released from prison, Justin enrolled in the LA:RISE program because he was determined to build a future that was not predicated on his past. After completing Chrysalis’ job readiness program and the Convictions and the Job Search class, Justin joined Chrysalis Roads and began working on freeway maintenance projects.

Justin’s dedication was soon recognized by his supervisors and he was hired as a full-time staff member.

Reflecting on his time in the LA:RISE program, “When I came in as a client, my outlook on life was very dim,” Justin said. “I didn’t believe in myself. I didn’t have a whole lot at home, and Chrysalis gave that to me.”

Today, Justin supervises Chrysalis Roads crews and helps participants gain that same confidence.


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 (WDS) 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. 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.


This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of June 10, 2019. Read this issue and more.