LADWP's 21 Hire LA's Youth interns pose on building steps as they culminate their summer youth employment program
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation held a culmination ceremony Friday July 26, 2019 celebrating 21 Hire LA’s Youth interns.

The bureau has partnered with EWDD for several years to utilize funding from the Hire LA’s Youth program for its “Summer Introduction to Engineering and Science Program,” a six-week program where interns work in the Bureau’s various divisions providing assistance to engineers, office clerks and administrators.

Participant Gloria Zelaya, 16, said the experience confirmed her interest in science. “The program encouraged me to study more and help the environment more,” she said.

Gloria added that more City departments and businesses should support the Hire LA’s Youth program to give youth the job experience they need to make an impact on issues such as climate change. “They should participate because what this program is doing is to cultivate young minds to take action in LA and in the future,” Gloria said. “It’s us that’s going to fix this crisis.”

Hire LA’s Youth participant Christopher Herrera, 17, spent his internship working in the media center for the Bureau’s wastewater division, where he provided assistance in research projects. “I gained a lot of valuable life experience,” he said, adding that he learned workplace habits such as the importance of getting up early to get to work on time. “It was a great experience. I hope it continues and it continues to inspire youth,” he said.

Bureau of Sanitation Environmental Engineer Associate I Shareef Hall joined the City in April 2019. Shareef, 25, said the Hire LA’s Youth program internship opportunity provided youth career experience he wishes he had been exposed to at a younger age.

“I wasn’t involved in anything like that,” Shareef said. “It’s something I had to pick up in college. They’re ahead of the game.”

Learn more about the many programs and benefits offered to the young people of Los Angeles through EWDD Youth Services and their YouthSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of July 29, 2019. Read this issue and more.