EWDD General Manager Jan Perry being interviewed during an on camera interview with Channel 35 regarding  the importance of the Hire LA’S Youth program
LA Cityview 35, also known as Channel 35, aired an LA This Week video story on June 25, 2018, highlighting Hire LA’s Youth and its first ever Hire LA’s Youth Pop-Up Hiring Event.

The City of LA Economic and Workforce Development Department worked closely with LA Cityview 35 to create a segment that will help EWDD promote Hire LA’s Youth to potential youth participants, employers and donors.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry emphasized the importance of the program to at-risk youth, especially during the summer months.

“It gives them something to ground themselves, to stabilize, to help their families out, to earn an income and to understand the meaning and power of work,” she said.

The segment also featured several EWDD Hire LA’s Youth success stories, including Steven Mason, who said his first job through Hire LA’s Youth helped transform his life.

“It can change lives. It can inspire change,” he said. “It can inspire a work ethic in you. It can get you that first honest paycheck. That’s all it was for me.”
Steven Mason and Eryn Hillard describe their Hire LA's Youth program experience to LA Cityview 35
Steven Mason, left, and Eryn Hillard discuss their positive experiences through the Hire LA's Youth Program

Through Hire LA’s Youth, Eryn Hillard had the opportunity to get behind-the-scenes television production training while working a Summer Youth Employment Program internship for one of her favorite shows, “American Horror Story.”

This will be the third summer Eryn interns at Ryan Murphy Productions, where she has learned about everything from costume design to production and post-production to audio engineering.

“Just to be a part of how one of my favorite shows is made,” she said, “it was an awesome experience.”

Learn more about EWDD Youth Services and the YouthSource Centers

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 6/25/2018. Read this issue and more.