Youth apprentices recently graduated from the Summer 2021 Command LA Youth Fire Academy program
Sixteen youth apprentices recently celebrated their graduation from the Command LA Youth Fire Academy, a program designed to inspire young Angelenos from underrepresented communities to join the field of fire service.

The Youth Fire Academy program is led by the Stentorians, an organization founded in 1954 by African-American firefighters of the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) to combat the racism and bigotry that prevented African-Americans from joining and advancing in the fire service.

During their apprenticeship, youth participants received training related to the physical requirements and assessments for acceptance to the Fire Academy. In addition, they earned their CPR certification.

Several graduates said they planned to continue on the pathway to becoming firefighters, while others said they received valuable transferable skills for success in their career of choice. The apprentices were recently featured in the July 19, 2021 edition of EWDD Updates.

Funding for the youth training was provided by Hire LA’s Youth, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s youth hiring initiative designed to give young Angelenos ages 14-24, their first job.

Learn more about the many programs and benefits offered to the young people of Los Angeles through EWDD Youth Services, including LA City's YouthSource Centers and the Hire LA's Youth Program.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of August 24, 2021. Read this issue and more.