Sound engineers Francois Blaignan and Sirinun Ploadpilew, owners of Tinitus Inc, in their LA studio
The Central West Region BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneurs Francois Blaignan and Sirinun Ploadpilew, owners of Tinitus Inc., obtain a $50,000 Small Business Administration microloan to refinance a high interest debt and renovate two music studios.

Francois’ work has been featured in TV commercials and he currently has contracts with Apple, Beats, Nike and Uber, along with work for feature films and music production.

Youth Opportunity Movement staff Hugh Carter (second from left) and Theresa Cordero (second from right) traveled with members of the Southeast YouthSource Watts Youth Council to the Young Worker Leadership Academy at UC Berkeley
Four members of the Southeast YouthSource Center Watts Youth Council, who were selected to represent Southern California, recently attended the Young Worker Leadership Academy held at the University of California, Berkeley.

According to staff from the Youth Opportunity Watts (YOM) YouthSource Center, attending the Academy was a great experience for the youth, who learned about workplace topics including toxic chemicals, hazards, harassment, and health and safety.

(left to right) EWDD Interim General Manager John L Reamer, Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, Hire LA’s Youth participant Destiny Nguyen, and and Jorge Orozco, Director of Youth Workforce Services at Para Los Niños
Nine out of the dozen participants invited to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s intimate Hire LA’s Youth roundtable discussion on Wednesday February 20, 2019, had ties to EWDD through YouthSource or WorkSource Centers or through an EWDD partnership initiative.

“The event was amazing!” said Destiny Nguyen, who worked at the Para Los Niños Central Region YouthSource Center through the Hire LA’s Youth program and now currently works at EWDD.

Julie Gutierrez (center) poses with Downtown-Pico Union WorkSource Center Senior Workforce Development Specialist Marcella Wong (left) and DACE WIOA Navigator Eleanor Comegys (right)
In partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE), the Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center provided funding for student and job seeker Julie Gutierrez’s training to become a Pharmacy Technician.

Julie called the WorkSource Center in April 2018 seeking assistance and was connected with Eleanor Comegys, a DACE Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Navigator. Eleanor told Julie about the Pharmacy Technician program at Evans Community Adult School.

David Oliva (left) found a full-time job within two weeks after being released from prison With help from the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center and Career Coach Jessica Fuentes (right)
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided re-entry worker David Oliva with job search assistance, helping him find a full-time job within two weeks as a tow truck driver.

David was recently released from prison, having been incarcerated for more than 20 years. When he came to the WorkSource Center, he was afraid that due to his lack of skills and background it would be nearly impossible for him to gain employment.

LA:RISE helped Catalina (left) transition to a career as a peer case manager in social services
While incarcerated, Catalina learned about LA:RISE partner Homeboy Industries and was excited about the opportunity to change her life.

After her release from prison, Catalina faced housing instability and lacked a driver’s license and social security card. She joined Homeboy Industries and interned at Project 180, which taught her critical work and life skills.