L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Ana Maria Sotomayor Palomino, a Para Los Niños YouthSource alum, graduates from Princeton University in June 2022
Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource alum Ana Maria Sotomayor Palomino will soon be a Princeton graduate. Ana received a California Workforce Association (CWA) scholarship while enrolled in the YouthSource program and has maintained close ties with PLN.

“I am excited to announce that, upon graduating from Princeton University, I will continue servicing and supporting immigrant communities as a Development and Communications Associate at the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF)!

In a recent LinkedIn post, Ana thanked the mentors who guided her during her journey to and throughout college, including Jorge Orozco, director of Youth Workforce Services at the PLN YouthSource Center.

“None of this would have been possible without your support. Last but not least, I would like to thank four-year-old me, who had just immigrated to the United States from Perú without knowing a single word in English. Thank you for believing in our ability to learn, and thank you for believing in me. I can now tell you that, with your hard work and determination, we wrote a 75-page senior thesis on something we really cared about, and it earned an A+ from Princeton's Department of English.”

EWDD YouthSource Centers

EWDD currently operates 14 YouthSource Centers (YSCs) that provide young Angelenos ages 16-24 services, including mentoring, counseling, job skills training and career exploration. The YSCs are located in underserved neighborhoods throughout the City and offer services at no cost. Ana's story above highlights the successes of Para Los Niños, which operates the Northeast and Central LA YouthSource Centers.

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 May 16, 2022. Read this issue and more.

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