L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


LA:RISE participant Magally
LA:RISE participant Magally is a firm believer that everyone can make an impact on their community – and her own career goals are centered around paying it forward. The Los Angeles native recently returned to the area from South Dakota in search of better job opportunities and enrolled in LA:RISE at the West LA YouthSource Center (YSC) for support in her next steps.

Magally worked as

Kenshi Kobayashi, co-founder of Kenchan Ramen, a local business that creates authentic and chef crafted DIY Ramen kits for home cooks
Incubator and Accelerator Programs Supporting LA Innovators

Kenshi Kobayashi was three years old when his parents found him slurping leftover bowls of broth at ramen restaurants in Japan. It was this lifelong love of ramen that inspired Kenshi (also known by his childhood name Kenchan) to launch Kenchan Ramen, a business that offers authentic, restaurant-quality DIY ramen kits.

After moving

Manuela Dominguez (pictured center, in yellow blouse), owner of Melly’s Bakery located in the Winnetka neighborhood of the Los Angeles San Fernando Valley
Manuela Dominguez celebrated the grand opening of her new business Melly’s Bakery on August 17, 2022.

Manuela has worked for more than 15 years in the baking industry. However, it was not until her husband’s death one year ago that Manuela began the journey of

Erica Olague successfully completed the TLH Program and got hired as an Administrative Clerk for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)
Want a civil service career with the City of Los Angeles? Apply for the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program (TLH)!

This program offers Angelenos a pathway into City civil service via full-time, paid, on-the-job training for

California Labor Secretary Natalie Palugyai (first row, third from left) recently visited LA:RISE partner Chrysalis to learn more about how the program helps individuals with high barriers to employment enter the workforce
California Labor Secretary Natalie Palugyai recently visited the City to learn more about the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) and how the program helps re-entry workers, LGBTQ youth, the unhoused and other individuals find transitional employment where they can learn necessary interpersonal and job skills to rejoin the workforce.

LA:RISE is an innovative program designed to

Tacorra breaks up the broken and uneven trail using a pickax
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) National Dislocated Workers Grant (NDWG) provided paid work experience for workers to assist with recovery efforts to residents and businesses that were severely impacted by the state’s megafires.

One of the NDWG workers was Tocorra Haney, a crew member

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