HIRELA's Youth Summer Employment Program
HIRE LA’S Youth is one of Los Angeles City’s most exciting programs to put young adults to work, ensuring they have “first time” job experience that will set them on the path of lifetime earners.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has set a goal of 20,000 jobs by 2020, whether it’s a summer internship or year-round, full-time employment. Through the Hire LA’s Youth initiative, the City of LA partners with employers to help fill those positions. Youth are required to work at least 100 hours and receive workforce training before they arrive on the first day. Get the Facts!

How Does This Benefit Los Angeles?Hire LA's Youth Get Real World Experience and Mentoring

Finding a first job is hard, especially for those from neighborhoods that don’t have as much economic opportunity as others. There are thousands of motivated young job seekers in the City hoping for a chance to work. The Hire LA's Youth program helps our young adults make the transition to their first or second job and sets them on a career path that benefit local businesses and LA's economy.

The program:
  • Prepares young adults for the modern workplace
  • Engages youth in positive activities during summer
  • Partners with the City’s business community
  • Develops long-term employment opportunities for LA’s emerging workforce

Who Recruits These Young People?

Youth are recruited through local schools, YouthSource Centers, the Community College district, and community organizations. In preparation for job placement, participants are given the opportunity to earn a Work Readiness Certificate endorsed by the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, the City Workforce Development Board, and the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA). They also are offered financial literacy training during their program enrollment.

How Can I Participate?Hire LA's Youth Program Participants, Mark Wilson of 7-11 and Marquel Robinson

If you are a local business seeking to give back, the Hire LA's Youth program is the perfect resource. Put a young person to work this summer and your business will benefit from having a highly motivated young adult in your workplace while giving them a crucial career building opportunity.

As an employer, there are three ways to participate:
  1. Directly hire a youth
  2. Offer supervised work through a subsidized internship
  3. Sponsor a youth with a $2,500 pledge

To learn more contact Makeda Vela by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone, 213-744-7345. You may also fill out and return the 2019 Partner Form or complete the online Job Description Intern Request Form.

Hire or Sponsor our Youth

SPONSOR employment for one or more youths - a $2,500 pledge to the program sponsors one youth

HIRE one or more young people at your workplace

GET SUBSIDIZED summer youth employees by offering supervised work at your workplace

SPONSOR summer youth employees and GET SUBSIDIZED summer youth employees by offering supervised work at your workplace

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