LA:RISE participant Justin speaks about his positive experience with the program and how it turned his life around
Working at the social enterprise Chrysalis Roads put Justin on a path to building a better future for himself and his family – and now he is paying it forward.

Shortly after being released from prison, Justin enrolled in the LA:RISE program because he was determined to build a future that was not predicated on his past. After completing Chrysalis’ job readiness program and the Convictions and the Job Search class, Justin joined Chrysalis Roads and began working on freeway maintenance projects.

LA:RISE participant Lupe overcame homelessness, obtained stable employment and is now a full-time college student
After experiencing homelessness and struggling to maintain employment, Lupe enrolled in the LA:RISE program and soon began working at employment social enterprise partner New Earth as a camera operator.

Lupe joined LA:RISE because she was excited about the opportunity to change her life and grow as a person, while also gaining valuable skills through paid job training.

The Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) Quarterly Meeting, hosted by EWDD
Approximately 120 people attended the recent Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) quarterly meeting, hosted by EWDD, which focused on a discussion about services for youth experiencing homelessness in the City and County of Los Angeles.

LAP3 partners, including the Los Angeles Housing Service Authority (LAHSA), delivered a presentation about services and programs available through Youth Coordinated Entry System (YCES) sites. The presentation also provided an overview of the partnerships currently in place for

Compass Rose Collaborative forklift training; Melvontae receiving a set of electrical tools
The Compass Rose Collaborative recently helped participant Melvontae gain a spot in the electrical union as an apprentice and surprised him by providing electrical tools to get him started in his new career.

Melvontae had just been paroled and was skeptical about returning to finish the last week of construction training due to transportation issues, but he was convinced to return and finish his forklift training.

EWDD’s Youth Services staff at the Systemwide Professional Development and Personal Enrichment Day
EWDD’s Youth Team conducted a system wide professional development and personal enrichment day Wednesday June 5, 2019.

Approximately 46 individuals attended, the majority of which were case managers. Topics included “Find Your Future,” and “Self-Care.”

The Mayor’s Office recently launched the Find Your Future 2.0 platformas a pilot to engage young people. The session provided training for case managers on how to use the revamped version of the job and support services website and showed case managers how to utilize the website to engage program participants.

Tyren Brown (pictured) successfully transitioned to civil service status at HCIDLA through the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program
EWDD is pleased to premiere a new social media video about the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City of Los Angeles.

The video features Tyren Brown, a TLHP participant who is now a full-time Admin Clerk with civil service status at the Los Angeles Housing Community Investment Department (HCIDLA). His daily duties include reviewing complaints and scheduling inspector visits to ensure that housing is livable for tenants.

El Proyecto YouthSource Center participants that graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College Advanced Manufacturing Academy on May 21, 2019
Six participants from the El Proyecto YouthSource Center graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Advanced Manufacturing Academy May 21, 2019. All of the graduates have already started jobs in the manufacturing industry.

The program teaches students to become Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, a highly specialized position where trainees handle computer-programmed machinery that perform functions such as drilling, cutting or shaping materials.

El Proyecto YouthSource Center participants attending LA Metro's Infrastructure for the Next Generation Workforce Development Fair
Approximately 21 El Proyecto YouthSource Center participants attended Infrastructure for the Next Generation Workforce Development Fair on May 18, 2019. The event, hosted by Metro, was designed to expose and encourage high school students to pursue careers in building and designing physical structures and roads.

The fair was part of Metro’s National Infrastructure Week, which also provided opportunities for youth to engage with industry professionals to create networking opportunities, learn about diverse career paths and internship opportunities,

Compass Rose Collaborative construction training participants learning carpentry skills
Up to 10 participants from the Compass Rose Collaborative Construction training series at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center will have the opportunity to work as carpenter apprentices at the $1 billion Lucas Museum Project, according to EWDD staff.

During the training, participants learned teamwork, safety, basic carpentry, framing, roofing and how to read blueprints and how to operate power tools.

Hire LA’s Youth participant Adaena Aviles (right) shared her summer youth employment program experience with Channel 35's LA This Week segment
Approximately 662 young Angelenos attended Hire LA’s Youth Super Satur-Yay event May 18, 2019, the City’s official summer kick-off event for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s youth employment initiative.

EWDD’s 14 YouthSource Centers opened up their doors for the special event, providing an opportunity for youth to visit their local YouthSource Center and get first dibs on a summer job through Hire LA’s Youth by giving them a chance to register and fill out required paperwork on-site. The program gives youth a chance to build skills that will last them a lifetime, said Makeda Vela, YouthSource Director.

Job seekers get employment and job training information from the Homeboy Industries booth at the Hollywood WSC Second Chance Career and Resource Fair
The Hollywood WorkSource Center held its Second Chance Career and Resource Fair on May 7, 2019, providing an opportunity for individuals released from prison or with a history of involvement with the justice system to meet with re-entry friendly employers.

Approximately 260 job seekers attended the job fair, where 40 employers were on-hand offering jobs in construction, healthcare, hospitality, retail, transportation, security and other fields.

Long-term North Valley BusinessSource Center client Mariana Ospital at the grand opening of her third business location in Arleta, California
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC), overseen by EWDD partner VEDC, helped long-term client Mariana Ospital obtain several loans over two years to expand her business, Mariana Services, which recently celebrated the grand opening of its third location in Arleta.

Mariana first visited the North Valley BSC in March 2017, after a bank declined to provide a loan she needed to expand her business, which includes tax, insurance, legal, travel and auto registration services, along with immigration consulting and civil marriages.