Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez (center) hosted a culmination ceremony honoring the 2017 Wildfires National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) clean-up crews; EWDD Interim General Manager John L. Reamer (far right) gave the keynote speech
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.

Sandra Hernandez poses with her staff on the floor of her Jefferson Park neighborhood restaurant, Casa de las Delicias Chapinas
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center provided extensive business consulting, strategic planning and one-on-one assistance to restauranteur 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.

the 71 Para Los Niños high school graduates from the Central and East YouthSource Centers at their graduation ceremony in June 2019
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.

30 Hire LA's Youth participants pose for their 2019 summer youth employment orientation picture at LADWP's Bureau of Sanitation
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.

Boris, a participant of the 2017 California Wildfires National Dislocated Worker Grant, at his work site at McGroarty Arts Center
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.

Harry’s LA Pizza business partners Carlos Flores and Anacleto Barrientos Gonzales launch their North Hills restaurant
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 participant Justin speaks about his positive experience with the program and how it turned his life around
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.

LA:RISE participant Lupe overcame homelessness, obtained stable employment and is now a full-time college student
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.

The Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) Quarterly Meeting, hosted by EWDD
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

Compass Rose Collaborative forklift training; Melvontae receiving a set of electrical tools
The Compass Rose Collaborative recently helped participant Melvontae gain a spot in the electrical union as an apprentice and surprised him by providing electrical tools to get him started in his new career.

Melvontae had just been paroled and was skeptical about returning to finish the last week of construction training due to transportation issues, but he was convinced to return and finish his forklift training.

EWDD’s Youth Services staff at the Systemwide Professional Development and Personal Enrichment Day
EWDD’s Youth Team conducted a system wide professional development and personal enrichment day Wednesday June 5, 2019.

Approximately 46 individuals attended, the majority of which were case managers. Topics included “Find Your Future,” and “Self-Care.”

The Mayor’s Office recently launched the Find Your Future 2.0 platformas a pilot to engage young people. The session provided training for case managers on how to use the revamped version of the job and support services website and showed case managers how to utilize the website to engage program participants.

Tyren Brown (pictured) successfully transitioned to civil service status at HCIDLA through the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program
EWDD is pleased to premiere a new social media video about the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City of Los Angeles.

The video features Tyren Brown, a TLHP participant who is now a full-time Admin Clerk with civil service status at the Los Angeles Housing Community Investment Department (HCIDLA). His daily duties include reviewing complaints and scheduling inspector visits to ensure that housing is livable for tenants.