EWDD Stories of Inspiration and Success

Trudy Magee, LA:RISE participant
At age 70, Trudy Magee lived in a homeless shelter and struggled to recover from a spinal surgery that she said slowed down her ability to think, talk, and walk. She had a career in local government and in 2012, ran for California State Assembly, where she garnered 2,487 votes.

"My struggle with homelessness took its toll on me. After

EWDD Finalist in EDA $! Billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge
EWDD was part of a coalition led by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) that was recently selected as one of 60 finalists for the U.S. Economic Development Administration's (EDA) $1 Billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge Grant. The grant is intended to accelerate the nation's economic recovery from COVID-19 by building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

Phase 1 of the Build Back Better challenge invited coalitions to

Tyler gained temporary employment and on-the-job training in wildfire prevention through the California Employment Development Department (EDD) National Dislocated Workers Grant (NDWG)
Tyler arrived early for his first day at orientation, determined and excited that he would soon be able to start his temporary job. He said that he had been going through a rough time recently and was hoping this temporary outdoor employment opportunity would be beneficial and help him make a positive change in his life.

Tyler had always been a dedicated and hard worker in his previous

Los Angeles City Council District 8 staff, WLCAC BSR Alphonso Reed with the owner of Trillum Drivers at the South LA Job Fair on November 18, 2021
More than 110 job seekers connected with over 30 employers searching for qualified candidates at the South Los Angeles Job Fair on November 18, 2021.

In partnership with the Office of Councilmember Marqueece-Harris Dawson (CD8) and Councilmember Joe Buscaino (CD15), the event was held at the Southeast LA

Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center participants with their program certificates
The Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (YSC) provides ongoing job training and certification programs to help youth increase their chances of finding living-wage jobs.

The "Tech" helped youth participants complete several

Jesse, a Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center participant, receiving his boots and on his father's construction job
Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (YSC) participant Jesse recently graduated from high school and he was determined to get into California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). He said that earning safety training certifications in OSHA 10 and Post COVID-19 Awareness Training and Cal/OSHA Confined Spaces helped prepare him for entering the workforce.

"Earning my