L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Angeleno Corps program’s first graduating cohort, pictured on June 29, 2022
On June 29, 2022, Angeleno Corps’ first ever cohort graduated from the program. The Angeleno Corps is a 10-month long program that offers hands-on work experience and educational support to 18-24 year olds living in Los Angeles.

The selected Corps members served in one of four areas: education and child care, health and environmental justice, tech and digital assistance, and immigration advocacy. Through this part-time work experience, participating youth received $1,000 monthly stipends as well as a one-time $1,000 scholarship to assist with their educational needs.

At the graduation ceremony, which took place at the EXPO Center's W.M. Keck Amphitheater, 302 youth were awarded with certificates of completion. Among those graduating were youth from the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center, Watts Labor Community Action Committee, Brotherhood Crusade, Coalition for Responsible Community Development, El Proyecto (Sun Valley & San Fernando), and Para Los Niños (Central & East Los Angeles).

EWDD’s General Manager Carolyn Hull, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Deputy Mayor Brenda Shockley addressed the graduating cohort congratulating them for their dedication and perseverance over the past 10 months. Speeches were also made by representatives from the Angeleno Corps organizations, LAC+USC Medical Center and The Hidden Genius Project.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on youth across Los Angeles, we know that that impact has been particularly devastating for communities of color, leading to high unemployment rates and disconnection from education. The Angeleno Corp program is a critical program designed to meet the urgency of the moment by re-engaging youth into education and their community through an intense 10-month long program,” said Carolyn Hull. “As the daughter of West Indian immigrants, I understand the power of education to transform lives firsthand. This program has provided youth with an opportunity to gain work experience, give back to their communities, and get compensated with a stipend.”

To apply for the Angeleno Corps program, youth must be between the ages of 18 and 24, live within the City of Los Angeles, and be enrolled in a Los Angeles area community college or at a YouthSource Center. Find out more details on the Center for a Competitive Workforce website.

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 July 4, 2022. Read this issue and more.

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