L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Crenshaw YouthSource participant Joseph Merchain (far left) flanked by Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders and the mascot, Rampage
Joseph Merchain, a Crenshaw YouthSource Center (YSC) participant, was selected last fall for an internship with the Los Angeles Rams. Joseph split his time between the Rams headquarters in Agoura Hills and SoFi Stadium. He reported to Johnathan Franklin, director of Social Justice and Football Development for the Rams.

During his internship, Joseph met with supporters and was on the field Sunday afternoon for the September 26 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (the Rams won 34-24).

The Rams selected Joseph after hearing about his upbringing and life goals. They agreed that Joseph was a perfect candidate for the Rams organization and that his job responsibilities would assist the Rams in carrying out its mission to provide community service opportunities.

At the end of the internship, they said the following about him: "Joseph has been a joy to work with, his work ethic and perseverance is an inspiration to us all. We thank you and your team for the partnership as well, and look forward to the continued opportunities to positively impact our communities."

The Crenshaw YouthSource Center is operated by EWDD partner, the Brotherhood Crusade. The center is located in L.A. City Council District 9. Bank of America provided funding for the internship.

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 January 3, 2022. Read this issue and more.

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