L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


Ezekiel, LA:RISE and GRID Alternatives participant, standing in an office at the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC)
Ezekiel is launching a new career in the solar industry – a long-time interest that he found the opportunity to pursue through the LA:RISE program.

After connecting with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) for support in his reentry after incarceration, Ezekiel learned about LA:RISE and GRID Alternatives. He was looking to gain on-the-job experience, find a supportive team, and maintain stable housing.

After enrolling, Ezekiel began a transitional job as a Photovoltaic (PV) Installer and participated in training in micro-grid maintenance. He enjoyed the work and reentering the workforce gave him the focus and pride to continue building his new career.

Today, Ezekiel is using the skills he developed in LA:RISE as a micro-grid maintenance trainee with LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI).


Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE)
A Social Enterprise Solution to Help the At-Risk Join the Workforce

EWDD is a leadership team partner of LA:RISE, an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help people with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed.

The City’s WorkSource Centers and LA:RISE prioritize individuals recently released from prison, the unsheltered, or those at risk of homelessness, and youth ages 18-24 who are neither in school nor employed. After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise, leveraging WorkSource Center training and services, LA:RISE participants are placed in permanent jobs within the private or the public sector.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of July 25, 2021. Read this issue and more.


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