Compass Rose Collaborative alum Demarkus Matthews working on a laptop for his information technology industry job with General Assembly
Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) graduate Demarkus Matthews stopped by the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (BHYTC) on November 12, 2019 to inform staff that he is now working at General Assembly, where he earns $25 per hour working as a teacher’s assistant.

Demarkus said he loved being part of the CRC six-week hands-on construction training program because he learned practical skills, participated in a paid internship and got back into physical shape.

“Being in the CRC program has helped me with my self-esteem and to pursue my dreams,” he said.

Demarkus said he wants to launch a web development and coding training program for re-entry and at-risk young adults. The YouthSource Center referred Demarkus to the East LA BusinessSource Center for guidance on how to develop a business plan and how to become an entrepreneur.

The City of LA was one of three cities awarded the CRC grant from the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration in June 2018. The program provides construction safety training to re-entry youth ages 18-24.

The Compass Rose Collaborative training series is currently being offered through the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center. See the CRCollaborative flyer for more about the course and how to apply for the program.

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 November 18, 2019. Read this issue and more.