NC Abrams (far right), co-founder of Rhythm & Remedy, coaches Boyle Heights Technology YSC participants and social media star Aaron Burriss (second from right, blue sweater) for a professional music track recorded at The Tech

For the past four years, the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (YSC), referred to by YSC participants as “The Tech” has partnered with Helping the Next Developers and Producers (HNDP), a Los Angeles-based group dedicated to providing an entry-point for underserved youth to join the music industry.

HNDP holds a daily music workshop at The Tech's on-site music studio, and works with The Tech exclusively, according to BHTYSC staff.

George Ferguson, owner of Reliable Electric Supply, pictured in his supply warehouse
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted entrepreneurs George and Jeannette Ferguson, owners of Reliable Electric Supply (RES), to qualify for a $28,000 loan to launch their business.

In January 2019, RES quickly grew their online “smoke detector” sales through Amazon. In order to keep up with demand and cash flow, they needed more inventory. Jeanette was determined to find a way to bridge their working capital needs to bring their company’s sales to the next level, while at the same time addressing their credit challenges and cash flow.

Job seekers stop at the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center booth run by EWDD partner Watts Labor Community Action Committee at the Fourth Homeless Services Job Fair on Thursday January 17, 2019
A steady flow of approximately 730 job seekers streamed into the gymnasium at Southwest College Thursday January 17, 2019 for the fourth Homeless Services Job Fair.

EWDD staff provided support with planning and logistics leading up to the job fair and five staff members were present the day of the fair to help coordinate set-up and assist Mayor Eric Garcetti’s staff.

LA:RISE participant Joshua hard at work as part of the CRCD Enterprises Street Team
After some family struggles and a history with homelessness, LA:RISE participant Joshua received the support and the second chance he needed to retain his job as part of Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) Enterprises’ “Street Team.”

In less than a week on the job as part of Job Engagement Training (JET) at CRCD, Joshua impressed his supervisors with his positive attitude and outstanding work ethic. JET is a CRCD program that provides 32 hours of paid job training for young people who have never before held a job or had work experience.

Lavena models one of her handcrafted leather handbags (photo credit: Anita Hodges for
The LA:RISE program, in partnership with the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), helped give participant Lavena the opportunity to build her confidence and marketing skills and provide a venue to sell her handcrafted leather bags, Vena Vena Handbags.

Prior to joining LA:RISE, Lavena struggled with housing and re-entering the workforce. Through LA:RISE, Lavena was able to join the transitional employment program at the DWC, where she was able to earn a steady paycheck. She said she appreciates the wrap around support services she receives from the DWC and LA:RISE, while also learning workplace soft skills to build her professionalism.

Raul Barranco (right) launched a new career as a union electrician with help from the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center and guidance from coach Jarrett Moore (left)
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Technical College WorkSource Center helped Raul Barranco secure a career as a union electrician with IBEW Local 11.

After spending nearly three decades in incarceration, Raul participated in the Anti-Recidivism Coalition’s (ARC) Second Chance Union Training Program which operates in partnership with the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center and Los Angeles Trade Technical College.