LA:RISE participant Logan, now employed full-time in the culinary industry
After a disagreement with their parents, Logan was kicked out of the house and experienced homelessness at age 18.

When seeking a community and support, Logan found the Los Angeles LGBT Center and became active in their Employment Program. Eager to join the workforce for the first time and build work experience, Logan was referred to the LA:RISE program, where they gained 300 hours of culinary training at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s culinary social enterprise.

On the job, Logan learned knife skills and how to communicate effectively in a kitchen. Logan also attended weekly work readiness sessions to learn about the job search process, including how to write a resume and interview skills.

After completing the LALGBT Culinary Center training, Logan secured an externship at Deluscious Cookies, where they thrived and is now a full-time, permanent employee.

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 (WDS) with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help men and women 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 March 8, 2021. Read this issue and more.