Para Los Ninos 2016 Graduation Ceremony
Para Los Niños, an EWDD contractor, awarded high school diplomas to 46 graduates on June 17 and recipients shared a few words about their hard, and sometimes heartbreaking, personal journey.

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Eric Amundson, owner of Leaps N Boundz, located at 5301 Beethoven Street in Los Angeles, was referred to the Hollywood BusinessSource in spring. Leaps N Boundz provides adaptive sports, recreation and social programming for individuals with special needs.

LA's Largest Diversity Job Fair
The City of LA’s Workforce Development Board, in partnership with EWDD and Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, this week hosted a landmark job fair connecting transgender job applicants with a pool of employment opportunities. Hundreds of Angelenos attended the June 20 event

Graduating Class of Five Keys Charter in Boyle Heights Goes to Prom
For Maleny Torres, Christopher Mares, Erika Garcia Martinez and three dozen other students at Five Keys Charter in Boyle Heights, the prom held on June 3 wasn’t just a fancy night out. It was a declaration that they’ve crossed a finish line essential for workforce success: getting a high school diploma.

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Participante
The kickoff for this year’s Girls Who Code summer immersion workshop took place June 8 at Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center. EWDD General Manager Jan Perry welcomed 20 high school girls who will undergo seven weeks of intensive training in computer science, including learning how to code in five different languages and create apps.

LA Youth Find Employment at Universal Studios
The Great Recession’s impact is still rippling through the labor market—with the effect greatest among young Angelenos. While Los Angeles has regained jobs lost since the recession took hold in 2008, the growth of new jobs, especially among youth ages 16 to 24, has remained sluggish, according to the just-released “Los Angeles: People, Industry and Jobs” by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). The report offers

Hire LA's Youth, one of Mayor Eric Garcetti's top initiatives, will connect 15,000 young Angelenos to employment opportunities this summer

Los Angeles youth between the ages of 14 and 24 today began registering for the 2016 Hire LA's Youth summer employment program. Hire LA's Youth provides what are often first-time paychecks, along with skills training, on-the-job mentoring and financial literacy workshops.

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Aksarapak Bondu and her three children immigrated to the U.S. in 2007 with just some luggage and the cash in her pocket. However, through hard work and dedication, by early 2011 she successfully opened a Thai Spa in Westwood, and by early 2013, she also opened a traditional Thai clothing store in Hollywood. Both of her businesses bring

HireLA's Youth Program Video
EWDD staff this week met with 7-11 franchisees to recruit jobs for low-income youth as part of this year’s HIRE LA’s Youth initiative. Not only did the franchisees agree, but as result of that meeting, 7-11’s corporate officers in Houston agreed

JobsLA Mobile App Screen
The initial numbers are in and it’s clear: the JobsLA mobile app attracts a younger audience.

It’s perhaps not surprising that users 30 and younger prefer the mobile version of the job-finding website that

Filmstrip and Money
An expanded film and TV tax credit program is expected to generate $1.7 billion in direct spending in California in its first full year, with much of the new production taking place in Los Angeles.

For the final reporting quarter, all nine selected television productions will be shot in Los Angeles.

Mayor Garcetti Announces Launch of JobsLA Mobile App
Mayor Eric Garcetti today unveiled a new JobsLA mobile app that allows job seekers to use smartphones to search nearly 50,000 employment listings in the City of Los Angeles, and up to 150,000 countywide.

The Mayor made his announcement during remarks at the Northeast Valley WorkSource Center, which drew job-seekers and employers in the “sharing” or on-demand economy