Garrett Gin, Bank of America Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs, and a City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) member

A Bank of America Executive Shares How LA’s Initiative Benefits Employers and Businesses

The Hire LA’s Youth initiative provides young Angelenos ages 14 to 24 a chance to gain work experience through internships, summer jobs and employment opportunities all-year round.

Since 2012, Bank of America has been a major supporter of Hire LA’s Youth and to-date has donated more than $1 million to the initiative. Bank of America’s financial contributions have funded hundreds of Hire LA’s Youth internships, along with slots in its annual Youth Ambassadors program, which provides high-school age Angelenos paid work experience at Bank of America branches throughout Los Angeles.

Bank of America Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs and City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) member Garrett Gin recently provided a testimonial about the benefits Bank of America has received through its support of Hire LA’s Youth, and why other corporations should participate. Below are excerpts from his interview. Segments of the video featuring his Q&A will soon be available on the EWDD website and across our social media channels.

There’s always youth that are available and want to participate but we need more businesses to be involved. What would you say to other businesses or large corporate entities to give this program a chance?

“I would encourage any organization, any institution, any corporation to find a way to invest in Hire LA’s Youth. It’s a great investment in the well-being of the City because as our young people become more talented or skilled our City is going to be better. But also, it’s an opportunity to get in front of diverse, talented youth that are going to help the long-term growth of your organization. Bank of America is certainly finding diverse talent from communities that we live in and serve throughout Los Angeles through the Hire LA’s Youth program.”

There may be some corporations that are concerned about hiring a youth or getting a youth that they have no work experience, maybe they haven’t been taught about workplace culture. What has Bank of America encountered and how has that gone?

“We’ve really identified the fact that we need to work at diversifying our workforce. We need people from different walks of life, different backgrounds, different experiences to reflect the customers that we’re serving. So we’re looking at the partnership with the City, with Hire LA’s Youth as a way to really get in front of talented people who perhaps have never considered a career in financial services. It can be intimidating to walk into a situation where you have not worn a suit, or worked with customers before. Similarly, sometimes it’s a very intimidating situation for a corporation to go outside of their normal processes to find talent. So we think that the Hire LA’s Youth program is a great way to build that bridge.”

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of December 2, 2019. Read this issue and more.