El Proyecto YouthSource Center participants that graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College Advanced Manufacturing Academy on May 21, 2019
Six participants from the El Proyecto YouthSource Center graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Advanced Manufacturing Academy May 21, 2019. All of the graduates have already started jobs in the manufacturing industry.

The program teaches students to become Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, a highly specialized position where trainees handle computer-programmed machinery that perform functions such as drilling, cutting or shaping materials.

El Proyecto YouthSource Center participants attending LA Metro's Infrastructure for the Next Generation Workforce Development Fair
Approximately 21 El Proyecto YouthSource Center participants attended Infrastructure for the Next Generation Workforce Development Fair on May 18, 2019. The event, hosted by Metro, was designed to expose and encourage high school students to pursue careers in building and designing physical structures and roads.

The fair was part of Metro’s National Infrastructure Week, which also provided opportunities for youth to engage with industry professionals to create networking opportunities, learn about diverse career paths and internship opportunities,

Compass Rose Collaborative construction training participants learning carpentry skills
Up to 10 participants from the Compass Rose Collaborative Construction training series at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center will have the opportunity to work as carpenter apprentices at the $1 billion Lucas Museum Project, according to EWDD staff.

During the training, participants learned teamwork, safety, basic carpentry, framing, roofing and how to read blueprints and how to operate power tools.

Hire LA’s Youth participant Adaena Aviles (right) shared her summer youth employment program experience with Channel 35's LA This Week segment
Approximately 662 young Angelenos attended Hire LA’s Youth Super Satur-Yay event May 18, 2019, the City’s official summer kick-off event for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s youth employment initiative.

EWDD’s 14 YouthSource Centers opened up their doors for the special event, providing an opportunity for youth to visit their local YouthSource Center and get first dibs on a summer job through Hire LA’s Youth by giving them a chance to register and fill out required paperwork on-site. The program gives youth a chance to build skills that will last them a lifetime, said Makeda Vela, YouthSource Director.

Job seekers get employment and job training information from the Homeboy Industries booth at the Hollywood WSC Second Chance Career and Resource Fair
The Hollywood WorkSource Center held its Second Chance Career and Resource Fair on May 7, 2019, providing an opportunity for individuals released from prison or with a history of involvement with the justice system to meet with re-entry friendly employers.

Approximately 260 job seekers attended the job fair, where 40 employers were on-hand offering jobs in construction, healthcare, hospitality, retail, transportation, security and other fields.

Long-term North Valley BusinessSource Center client Mariana Ospital at the grand opening of her third business location in Arleta, California
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC), overseen by EWDD partner VEDC, helped long-term client Mariana Ospital obtain several loans over two years to expand her business, Mariana Services, which recently celebrated the grand opening of its third location in Arleta.

Mariana first visited the North Valley BSC in March 2017, after a bank declined to provide a loan she needed to expand her business, which includes tax, insurance, legal, travel and auto registration services, along with immigration consulting and civil marriages.