Eddie, Northeast YouthSource Center participant
The Northeast YouthSource Center (YSC) helped participant Eddie discover his career path and take steps toward achieving his goal of becoming an electrician.

Eddie sought out the Northeast YSC, run by EWDD contractor Para Los Niños, because he was interested in returning to school and finding a job. He was also motivated because he wanted to become a role model for his younger siblings.

After several career and academic assessments with a PLN career advisor, Eddie determined that he wanted to enroll in electrician training at East Los Angeles Occupational Center (ELAOC). It took some time for Eddie to adjust to distance learning, but he has been excelling at school and the Northeast YSC continues to provide Eddie intensive case management to ensure school retention.

Eddie has been attending virtual meetings with his PLN career advisor to identify and address any barriers that he may be experiencing. He is also actively participating in the center’s programs, including the job readiness curriculum.

Eddie is now in the process of completing his third electrician course at ELAOC while working night shifts at FedEx. The Northeast YSC is committed to helping Eddie achieve his goals and is supporting him with school tuition, transportation, school supplies, tools for his class, and textbooks. His career advisor is also working with Eddie to identify long term housing solutions so that he can continue to be successful in school.

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 November 2, 2020. Read this issue and more.