EWDD Administrative Clerk Breeana London sharing her Targeted Local Hire Program success story at the LA LGBT Youth Center
EWDD Administrative Clerk Breeana London visited the Los Angeles LGBT Youth Center Friday, November 8, 2019 to share her Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP) success story. Breeana was the guest speaker for the Hollywood-based center's Youth Services Program's "Friday Speaker Series.”

These monthly career talks are designed to introduce various career paths to the homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) youth clients who participate in the center’s education and employment program.

Breanna, who joined EWDD through the TLHP in 2018, shared candid vignettes of her work experiences and the expectations of her City job to a group of 11 young adults.

“Programs like TLHP give people an opportunity where they might not have had a chance before,” she said. “Prior to applying for the program I was in a job that would not allow me to advance. Being employed by the City of Los Angeles, the opportunities are endless.”

Breeana discussed the various entry-level job opportunities of the THLP, which seeks to connect under-served and under-employed populations with alternate pathways to civil service careers at the City of Los Angeles.
visual graphic of a Breeana London quote: Programs like TLHP give people an opportunity where they might not have had a chance before. Being employed by the City of Los Angeles, the opportunities are endless.
She provided an overview of the application process, along with the necessary steps to qualify for entry to the program and offered valuable tips on what it is like to work at the City as a new hire, as well as career tips for performing one's best on the job.

David Eder, Deputy Director of the City’s Workforce Development Board (WDB), also attended the event. David, whose career with the City spans 30 years, discussed the various aspects of City employment, the benefits to Civil Service careers and the variety of career opportunities offered through the City's many functions and departments.

At the end of the discussion, the center’s Youth Program Supervisor Skylar Myers announced that the attendees would be brought to the Hollywood WorkSource Center this week to apply to the Targeted Local Hire Program.

Both EWDD and the City's Workforce Development Board have an ongoing history of collaboration and partnership with the LA LBGT Center's Youth Center. The center partners with EWDD in the City’s youth employment program Hire LA's Youth and the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) program, which provide individuals with high barriers to employment, including previously homeless or incarcerated individuals assistance in finding good paying jobs.

Discover the various programs and benefits offered through EWDD Employment Services and WorkSource Centers. Visit the City of Los Angeles' Targeted Local Hire Program website to locate the nearest WorkSource Center or referral agency accepting applications for the program.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of November 11, 2019. Read this issue and more.