The City of Los Angeles knows that opening the door to a meaningful future is life-changing for any young person, especially those facing economic and social challenges. An internship can be the key in helping L.A. youth learn about the workplace, find a mentor, get motivated for higher education and fulfill the promise of a brighter future.
Polar Bear Kitchen (PBK), founded by sisters Montana and Christina Bailey, is a Black-owned women's company "inspired by the world to create a flavor everyone can vibe with."
PBK's slogan, "Not your average smoothie company," reflects how PBK creates uniquely named smoothies that build awareness of social issues and collaborates with nonprofits to donate a portion of proceeds from each smoothie sold.
Keenya Walker is a single mother of five who has struggled to keep food on the table. While her children were at home due to the COVID-19 school closures, it was difficult for her to find employment.
The Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center (WSC), run by EWDD partner Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), helped enroll Keenya into the Los Angeles Community CARE Corp Program, which offered temporary employment to Angelenos whose livelihoods
Located in Watts, the ESRBC has served more than 135,000 meals, donated hundreds of bikes to youth, and provided safety training and physical education classes, all aimed at keeping the youth in Watts off the streets, out of gangs, and off drugs.
When Cristiano Teixeira first came to the Downtown Los Angeles/Pico Union WorkSource Center (WSC) to apply to the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program, he wasn’t entirely sure what career path he wanted to pursue.
However, after meeting with Workforce Development Specialist Edmund Soohoo, Cristiano decided that he wanted to work in the