Goodwill SoCal helped LA:RISE participant Raymond Vasquez (center) receive the support and training he needed to get a full-time job
Goodwill Southern California (SoCal) helped LA:RISE participant Raymond Vasquez build a better future, by providing him a support system and teaching him valuable skills that helped him transition from trainee to a full-time Goodwill employee.

Prior to joining Goodwill, Raymond was struggling to overcome self-doubt. He faced multiple challenges: possible homelessness, a limited work history and limited education.

EWDD BusinessSource Director Richard Pallay (back row, third from right) shared tips on how to launch a business in LA with young entrepreneurs
The City’s Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) recently provided tips on how to launch a small business in Los Angeles to a group of 18 young entrepreneurs from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NTFE).

Richard encouraged the youth to provide solutions, to find ways to help communities thrive.

“I’ve been helping influencers, entrepreneurs and communities by giving them information by saying, ‘This is how you thrive,’” he said.

EWDD YouthSource participants pose on the steps outside the 2018 UnidosUS Future Changemakers Conference in Washington, DC
EWDD partner Para Los Niños brought 24 YouthSource participants from the East and Central Region YouthSource Centers to the UnidosUS Future Changemakers Conference in Washington, DC.

Held July 6-10, 2018, participants attended networking opportunities and workshops tailored to young adults ages 17-23.

The workshops focused on financial empowerment, immigration, education, health and civil rights. Topics also included

The West Valley BSC helped entrepreneur Reggie Cua (center) launches his business Café Aficionado in Northridge, CA
The West Valley BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Reggie Cua review permits and licenses to open Café Aficionado in Northridge, which celebrated its grand opening on June 28, 2018.

A military veteran, Reggie dreamed of opening his own coffee shop. After saving money toward his goal for three years, Reggie approached the West Valley BSC in 2017 where he received business guidance, including a referral to a business coach who helped Reggie negotiate an optimal leasing situation for his coffee shop.

The Sun Valley WorkSource Center provided funding for Amanda Goldberg (left) to become an EMT. Amanda, pictured with mother Ellen Vogel (right) recently won a gold medal at the SkillsUSA First Aid/CPR contest
In partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) - Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE), the Sun Valley WorkSource Center provided Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training for Amanda Goldberg, who recently earned a gold medal at an EMT competition.

Amanda is an I-Train graduate from the EMT program at North Valley Occupational Center.

A former Hire LA's Youth Program participant speaks about her summer employment experience at Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti's 2018 Hire LA’S Youth kick-off event
Approximately 45 youth representing five of EWDD’s YouthSource Centers and summer program partners came out on July 9 to support Mayor Eric Garcetti’s press conference kicking off the 2018 Hire LA’s Youth Jobs Program.

Youth from the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center, along with centers throughout LA managed by EWDD partners Para Los Niños, Youth Policy Institute, Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) attended the event at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Village at Ed Gould Plaza.

Teresa Arreola's food catering truck business, Soy Tu Taco
Mrs. Teresa Arreola came into the North Valley BusinessSource on April 25, 2018 to inquire about a mobile catering business and to obtain assistance with creating a business plan. Teresa was ready to invest her own capital and eager to start her business immediately.

The North Valley BusinessSource Center provided Mrs. Arreola with several business plan template options and referred her to The Food Truck Group, a food rental truck and leasing company.

The North Valley BSC then assisted with several

Watts YouthSource participants volunteer to paint and rebuild a Watts neighborhood elementary school during “Operation Watts Is Worth It” organized by The Mission Continues
Approximately 10 youth from the Youth Opportunity Movement Watts YouthSource Center pitched in to help paint murals, build benches and put up fence screens during “Operation Watts Is Worth It,” an event designed to beautify and unify the community.

“Although it was kind of tough, it felt good, coming out, helping the environment get better,” said Daize Ayon, 16. “I feel the schools need this.”

YouthSource Center participants at the LA County's Youth@Work launch event
Youth from six of EWDD’s YouthSource Centers (YSCs) showed up to support the Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) launch of the Youth@Work Summer Employment Program, the County’s counterpart to the City of Los Angeles Hire LA’s Youth program.

The Hire LA's Youth is a year-round program designed to give young Angelenos ages 14-24 their first work experience and place them on a career path as lifetime earners.

flanked by dignitaries from LA City, County and the LA Community College District, County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (center) cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the South LA YouthSource Center at Los Angeles Southwest College
EWDD partner Archdiocesan Youth Employment (AYE) recently celebrated the grand opening of the South Los Angeles YouthSource Center at Southwest College, launching the first YouthSource site to be co-located with an America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) at a community college.

“This is an antidote to poverty. This is an antidote to homelessness,” said Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez. “All residents of South LA have an opportunity. This is what cooperation looks like. This is what collaboration is, coming together for a common cause to lift our community.”

Steven Mason, once a Hire LA's Youth participant now an EWDD employee, greets LA area youth trying to join the Hire LA's Youth summer employment 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.

YouthSource program participants attended a Banking Opportunities Roundtable and learned about safe banking tools and healthy financial habits
For the second year in a row, youth from the City’s 14 YouthSource Centers attended a Banking Opportunities Roundtable where they met with financial institutions to learn about youth friendly products.

Similar to speed-dating, youth met with financial institutions and representatives from the Los Angeles Saves Campaign for 10 minutes each to learn about products designed to help them save money and/or open their first bank account.