L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

former intern Kaylee at her job with an Amazon 4-star retail store
The City of Los Angeles knows that opening the door to a meaningful future is life-changing for any young person, especially those facing economic and social challenges. An internship can be the key in helping L.A. youth learn about the workplace, find a mentor, get motivated for higher education and fulfill the promise of a brighter future.

Internship Plants Seed for Youth to Attend College

Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (YSC) participant Kaylee recently graduated from high school and needed a job. Kaylee wasn't sure if she wanted to attend college because she desperately needed a job to help her family financially.

The YSC stressed the importance of developing a plan to attend school and possibly find a part-time job. Through the YSC paid internship program, she was able to nurture her love of the outdoors when she was placed in an internship with a local nursery, where she earned health and safety certifications in OSHA10 and confined spaces.

Kaylee recently sent the YSC team a picture of her at work and reported that she's attending Pasadena City College. "Taking part in your paid internship program and being able to earn my certifications really motivated me to find a job and attend school."

Kaylee is currently working at an Amazon 4-star retail store and is a full-time student.

former intern Sebastian in his job with the City of Los Angeles Finance Department
Youth Intern Gains Experience That Leads to City of LA Job

Sebastian participated in the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center 2021 internship program and was placed at the Variety Boys & Girls Club, distributing food baskets to club members.

Sebastian is currently a senior at California State University of Los Angeles (CSULA) and enjoys giving back to his community. During the summer, he volunteered his time by hosting tours at CSULA to local high school students from Boyle Heights.

In September 2021, Sebastian notified the YSC team that he was hired as a vocational worker for the City of Los Angeles Finance Department under the Business and Collection Unit.

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 October 11, 2021. Read this issue and more.

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