LA:RISE program participant Alexandra
Alexandra’s family was experiencing homelessness, and without housing stability, she found it challenging to stay enrolled in school.

Through LA:RISE, she received job training with social enterprise partner Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC), where she has found stability and opportunities to build a bright future. The LA:RISE program helped Alexandra get out of her comfort zone, learn new things and return to high school.

Alexandra completed on-the-job training for forklift operating, CPR, and OSHA requirements. She also studied and passed her driver’s license test. Alexandra says that being part of LA:RISE helped increase her confidence and improve her communication skills – and today she feels better prepared for both work and school.

Once she finishes her education, Alexandra hopes to continue working at LACC as a mentor to young people and one day pursue a career in public service at the City of Los Angeles.

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 May 24, 2021. Read this issue and more.