Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center participants with their safety training certificates
Nearly 40 youth interns from the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center earned safety training certifications in OSHA 10, Post COVID-19 Awareness Training, and Cal/OSHA Confined Spaces, programs designed to prepare them on how to enter the workforce after COVID-19 safely.

The interns also received their first paychecks after completing the training. These entry-level certifications will give local youth an advantage when they apply for their first jobs.

two men performing automotive maintenance
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund provided a grant to Roberto Oliva that helped his automotive shop Rob’s Service Center stay open during COVID-19. Rob’s Service Center is an automotive repair facility that has served the Chatsworth community for more than 25 years.

When the pandemic hit, Oliva found himself struggling to keep his employees paid and cover the rent for the facility.

Lilia Soto, a participant at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center
EWDD has 14 YouthSource Centers (YSC) strategically located throughout the City of Los Angeles to provide resources to young Angelenos in underserved communities. The YSCs offer youth ages 14 to 24 services, including job skills training, career exploration, and tutoring.

Lilia Soto, a participant at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center, recently shared a testimonial thanking EWDD Youth Development Specialist Victor Gutierrez for his mentorship and counseling.

Robert Alhanati, owner of Tomlinson Flowers
The North Valley BusinessSource Center helped third generation florist Robert Alhanati successfully obtain financial assistance that allowed him to keep his business open and save six jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert has been working in the flower industry for over 50 years.

In 2007, he purchased Tomlinson Flowers, a shop that has also been around since the 1960s. Tomlinson Flowers faced uncharted territory at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and closed its doors for a month to implement the COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols for Florists.

Para Los Niños YouthSource participant Lucero on CSU Long Beach campus
The Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center provided long-term mentoring to Lucero, guiding her through her senior year of high school, during her college years and assisting her on her path to graduate school.

In 2014, Lucero enrolled as a participant at the PLN East YouthSource program. The center provided Lucero college and career guidance and steered her toward paid internships offered by the City’s Hire LA’s Youth employment program, which helped her gain professional experience and gave her opportunities to be exposed to different career paths.

Manny and Ruth Paez, owners of Manila Forwarder freight company
The Mid-City BusinessSource Center helped husband and wife duo Manny and Ruth Paez obtain a $50,000 loan to keep their freight company Manila Forwarder stay open during COVID-19. The couple launched the business in January 2018, which specializes in importing and exporting packages from the U.S. to the Philippines.

Manila Forwarder delivers care packages known as balikbayan boxes, along with drop shipping, money transferring and logistical services to and from the Philippines worldwide by land, sea, and air.