L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

“Reach out because there is help and resources out there,” quote from Nicole, a LA:RISE program participant
Nicole was in an outpatient recovery program and eager to get back in the workforce after a 10-year absence. LA:RISE social enterprise partner Chrysalis helped Nicole enroll in a job-readiness program that provided her the opportunity to touch up her soft skills, work on her resume and practice for job interviews.

Chrysalis offered her a transitional job as a sweeper, her first foray into the job realm in a decade. "Receiving my uniform was a very exciting moment. I couldn't believe I was going to start working."

The LA:RISE program helped Nicole build up her confidence to return to the workforce full-time. She was also reassured that Chrysalis' team would always give her someone to lean on. Nicole worked closely with a Chrysalis employment specialist to find job opportunities where Nicole could draw on her past work experience in customer service and caretaking.

Nicole applied, interviewed, and was hired for a role as an assistant counselor at Y&Y recovery.

Nicole is excited about furthering her education. She plans to finish cosmetology school and become a drug and alcohol counselor. She highly encourages others to utilize the services that LA:RISE offers.

“Reach out because there is help and resources out there.”

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 January 10, 2022. Read this issue and more.

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