EWDD staff offer YouthSource, WorkSource and BusinessSource service information to a 2019 Central Avenue Jazz Fest attendee
More than 270 individuals visited the EWDD booths at the Central Avenue Jazz Festival on July 27-28, 2019.

Held in South LA, staff from EWDD’s YouthSource, WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers worked the booths all weekend, an example of EWDD’s community outreach efforts to inform Angelenos about EWDD’s services for youth, job seekers and entrepreneurs. In addition, a representative from the North San Fernando Valley WorkSource, overseen by EWDD partner Youth Policy Institute provided extra coverage to assist EWDD.

A member of EWDD’s Business Response Unit (BRU) attended to provide information about how the BRU team can help entrepreneurs navigate through the bureaucracy of the City of LA’s departments and resolve a wide range of complex issues by coordinating across multiple City departments and offices.

Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), an EWDD partner, co-sponsored the festival and had a booth next to EWDD’s dedicated BusinessSource booth. CRCD YouthSource participant Kevon Duncan, 17, said the program helped him re-enroll in school to get his high school diploma.

“It gave me an opportunity to give myself higher hopes,” Kevon said. “It makes me think about what I want to do in the future.” He added that the YouthSource staff has provided guidance on how to eventually pursue a career in business. “The staff uplifts me and tells me I can do it,” he said.

Youth participant Eduardo Zaragoza, 15, said the center helped steer him into the Hire LA’s Youth employment program, along with community outreach training. “They have given me job experience,” Eduardo said. “I’m here to help the community and make it better.”

Explore the various services that EWDD offers by checking out the Business Services, Employment Services and Youth Services pages. Discover what EWDD can do for you!

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