EWDD Supports Launch of Summer Youth Employment Programs
Nearly 60 youth from six EWDD YouthSource Centers and two Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) partners showed up July 2, 2019 in support of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s press conference launching the 2019 Hire LA’s Youth program.
Held at the Los Angeles City College campus, youth from the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center, Brotherhood Crusade, Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), El Proyecto Del Barrio, Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) and Youth Policy Institute (YPI) attended, representing YouthSource Centers from South and Central LA, and the North Valley region.
EWDD provides funding for the 70-hour training program, which helps job seekers become bus drivers for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). For several graduates, the program represented an opportunity to start over after losing long-held jobs.
Compass Rose Collaborative Celebrates Apprenticeship Graduates
Approximately 19 participants from the Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) completed six weeks of training on June 11, 2019, earning a Labor Ready Apprentice Certificate along with certificates in Multi-Craft Core (MC3), OSHA10, CPR, Forklift, Hazardous Waste Operations, and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER).
The CRC training series is currently offered at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center. The program is geared toward youth participants between ages 18-24 who have recently been paroled or are on probation.
National Dislocated Worker Grant Ceremony Honors Creek Fire Team
EWDD partner Managed Career Services (MCS) held a ceremony Thursday June 20, 2019 to celebrate the culmination of the 2017 Wildfires National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) and honor the workers who restored the landscapes scorched by the Creek Fire.
The $1.12 million NDWG, awarded by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) to EWDD and administered by MCS, provided paid work experience to 90 workers. Of the workers hired through the NDWG grant for the cleanup effort, 100 percent had significant barriers to employment and 75 percent had some form of previous involvement with the justice system.
East LA BusinessSource Assists Entrepreneur with Opening Guatemalan Restaurant
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center provided extensive business consulting, strategic planning and one-on-one assistance to restaurateur Sandra Hernandez, helping to launch her restaurant Casa de las Delicias Chapinas.
The BusinessSource Center helped Sandra establish strong financial planning skills, obtain a retail location that passed County Health Standards, and also obtain necessary licenses and permits.
Para Los Niños Hosts Graduation for Students First to Attend College
Para Los Niños (PLN) held a graduation ceremony Monday June 24, 2019, to celebrate 71 high school graduates from the Central and East YouthSource Centers, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college.
The graduates were participants in PLN’s Escalera Taking Steps to Success curriculum, a two-year program designed to provide social, emotional and financial support to youth participants, giving them the keys to gain entrance to higher education.
City of LA DPW Bureau of Sanitation Welcomes Hire LA’s Youth Interns
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (LADWP) Bureau of Sanitation recently held an orientation welcoming this summer’s Hire LA’s Youth interns. The interns will work as assistants to various positions, shadowing engineers, office clerks, and analysts.
The Bureau of Sanitation has been a great partner of EWDD and a long-time supporter of the Hire LA’s Youth Program. They typically hire 30 interns each year.
Creek Wildfire Grant Provides Job Seeker Stability, Inspires New Career
Boris was searching for a job when he first heard about the 2017 California Wildfires National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) through the Hollywood WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions (MCS).
Boris had tried out different jobs after struggling through a conviction, probation, depression, substance abuse issues and rehabilitation. Boris enrolled in the NDWG Program through the Hollywood WorkSource Center.
South Valley BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneurial Friends Launch Harry’s LA Pizza
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped friends and business partners Carlos Flores and Anacleto Barrientos Gonzales launch Harry’s LA Pizza, a North Hills pizzeria aimed at serving pizza with a “Latin touch.”
Starting in spring 2019, the South Valley BSC began assisting Carlos and Anacleto, first with filing and publishing of their DBA and Business Tax Registration Certificate for Harry’s LA Pizza. The BSC then assisted the team with finalizing their partnership agreement and helped them with licensing and obtaining a seller’s permit.
LA:RISE Re-Entry Participant Gets Full Time Job on Freeway Projects
Working at the social enterprise Chrysalis Roads put Justin on a path to building a better future for himself and his family – and now he is paying it forward.
Shortly after being released from prison, Justin enrolled in the LA:RISE program because he was determined to build a future that was not predicated on his past. After completing Chrysalis’ job readiness program and the Convictions and the Job Search class, Justin joined Chrysalis Roads and began working on freeway maintenance projects.
Formerly Homeless, LA:RISE Participant Becomes Camera Operator
After experiencing homelessness and struggling to maintain employment, Lupe enrolled in the LA:RISE program and soon began working at employment social enterprise partner New Earth as a camera operator.
Lupe joined LA:RISE because she was excited about the opportunity to change her life and grow as a person, while also gaining valuable skills through paid job training.
Approximately 120 people attended the recent Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) quarterly meeting, hosted by EWDD, which focused on a discussion about services for youth experiencing homelessness in the City and County of Los Angeles.
LAP3 partners, including the Los Angeles Housing Service Authority (LAHSA), delivered a presentation about services and programs available through Youth Coordinated Entry System (YCES) sites. The presentation also provided an overview of the partnerships currently in place for