Para Los Niños YouthSource Center helped Kevion (right) return to high school and find a job. PLN also helped Andres (right) start a career path with a job at Children's Hospital LA
Kevion, who had dropped out of high school and wanted to resume his education, found assistance at the Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center.

Kevion joined EWDD’s YouthSource program and also enrolled at the East Los Angeles Skills Center. At PLN, Kevion has been actively participating in the program and is now attending school regularly.

Recently, Kevion was hired at the Grocery Outlet on 6th and Bixel, and he also took his high school equivalency exam and successfully passed one of the sections. He will continue to attend HiSET preparation sessions (the HiSET exam gives out-of-school youth and adults the opportunity to earn a state-issued high school equivalency credential) and hopes to take the rest of the exam sections soon.

Kevion is excited about starting work at the Grocery Outlet and plans to start vocational training with support from PLN.

The Para Los Niños YouthSource Center also hosted a hiring event as part of their hiring initiative with Sodexo. Other partners in this initiative include USC Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, St. Vincent Medical Center and Huntington Memorial Hospital.

Thirty-One YouthSource program participants attended job readiness sessions and attended the hiring event in hopes of being offered a position at the USC Keck School of Medicine and other medical centers.

Several students have already received job offers, including Andres, a PLN youth who was recently placed at Children’s Hospital.

Learn more about EWDD Youth Services and the YouthSource Centers

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 2/5/2018. Read this issue and more.