Compass Rose Collaborative Re-Entry Program participants train for OSHA certification
The Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) Re-Entry Program recently released a performance report announcing that 95 percent of participants completed 120 hours of training to receive a Safety Pre-Apprentice Certificate.

The report, which covers January through July 2019, said that 84 percent of CRC participants are currently employed full-time or part time. The program, which targets all of Los Angeles County, is geared toward youth participants between ages 18-24 who have recently been paroled or are on probation.

Matias Vanegas, owner of American Cleaning Company, working on one of his commercial office contracts
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center helped Matias Vanegas, owner of American Cleaning Company, secure a $2,000 microloan to build his website, advertise, and purchase uniforms to expand his business.

Matias, an El Salvador native with many years of experience in the commercial cleaning industry, launched his own commercial cleaning company in mid-2017. He recently met with a business coach at the Hollywood BusinessSource Center who helped Matias complete a needs assessment and analyzed his financials.

Parent La’Kima James (left) looks on as her daughter Reniyjah Clark fills out an application for the Hire LA’s Youth program
EWDD unveiled another social media video Monday July 15, 2019 across its @LAEWDD Instagram, Twitter and Facebook account. This week’s video provides a tour of the South LA YouthSource Center located at Southwest College, the first YSC site to be co-located with an America’s Job Center of California at a Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) campus.

Operated by EWDD partner Archdiocesan Youth Employment (AYE), the center represents a partnership between EWDD, the Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services and the LACCD as part of a larger effort to

Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center welcomes 80 Hire LA’s Youth 2019 summer interns
The Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (YSC) launched its Hire LA’s Youth summer internship program this week with more than 80 participants.

On Monday July 15, 2019, participants were required to attend a mandatory internship prep session that taught students about workplace expectations, performance evaluations, goal setting, complaint procedures, safety, time sheet instructions and grounds for termination. All participants will be placed at a worksite intended to provide a meaningful work experience.

Re-entry job seeker Armando obtained a union job helping to build the new LA Rams stadium
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College WorkSource Center recently helped re-entry job seeker Armando Martin join the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #4 union and obtain a job with a contractor that is helping build the new $4 billion LA Rams Stadium.

“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. Today I have the privilege of expressing my gratitude to those that have been catalyst for me in achieving that success from day one of orientation to my employment today. I’ve learned how to

Mid-City Region BusinessSource loan counselor Phong Le (left) hands local business owner Sam Rypinski (right) obtain a $125,000 SBA loan to expand Riverside Studios, LLC
The Mid-City Region BusinessSource Center recently helped longtime client Sam Rypinski obtain a $125,000 Small Business Administration (SBA) Community Advantage loan to expand Riverside Studios, LLC.

The studio has been providing services to the needs of artists, film, and photo professionals since 2014. Sam previously worked with the Mid-City BSC for assistance with a start-up loan to launch Everybody Los Angeles, a fitness center that primarily serves the LGBT community by providing them a safe place to strengthen and heal.

YO! Watts youth participant gets assistance with college applications
EWDD is launching a series of social media videos across its @laewdd Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The goal of the series is to provide information about EWDD’s YouthSource, WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers, including the various services available to Angelenos.

The first video is a tour highlighting the Youth Opportunity Movement, Watts YouthSource Center in Watts (referred to as YO! Watts).

Alexander Mendez, owner and operator of R&A's Tamales
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided extensive business coaching to Alexander Mendez, helping him launch R & A's Tamales, a street vending business located in Watts.

Alexander first came into contact with the Harbor Region BusinessSource on June 21, 2019 at a business outreach event in Watts. A Harbor Region BSC Business Coach noticed Alexander as he was setting up a tent and preparing to begin selling his food and beverages.

50 Hire LA’s Youth internship participants begin their summer job at the UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) campus
More than 50 youth participants started their Hire LA’s Youth internship Monday July 8, 2019 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus. Participants will work at the UCLA campus in various departments including the UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital, Materials Management, Law School, School of Education and Athletics.

Hire LA's Youth is a year-round youth employment program designed to give young Angelenos ages 14-24 their first work experience and place them on a career path as lifetime earners. The program helps young adults make the transition to

(left to right) Citi Vice President Laura Peralta, HIRE LA’s Youth participant Destiny Nguyen and EWDD Interim General Manager John L Reamer Junior
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.

Seven graduates of the June 2019 LA Valley College Metro Training Academy program pose with their certification awards
Seven graduates celebrated their graduation from the Los Angeles Valley College Bus Operations Training Academy Thursday June 27, 2019.

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.

June 11, 2019 graduates of the Compass Rose Collaborative Labor Ready Apprentice Certificate training program
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.