Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center plans to use $35M TCC Program Grant Award to promote green jobs and green technology projects
The Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), celebrated the recent award of a $35 million grant from the California Strategic Council’s Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program.

As part of the grant application process, a selection committee visited EWDD’s Watts/Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Centers to view opportunities for projects, including low carbon transit programs, gardening and urban farming and public housing weatherization programs.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay (left) appeared with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to announce the Evolve Entertainment Fund, a program to help youth gain opportunities at leading digital media and entertainment companies
Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center (BHYTC) participant Eric Rodriguez was a featured success story at the launch of the Evolve Entertainment Fund (EEF), a public-private partnership founded by Mayor Eric Garcetti to create opportunities for career pathways for underrepresented populations into LA’s entertainment industry.

Eric, 23, first visited BHYTC two years ago after hearing about the facility’s music studio.

Zaul Pena displays his high-end samples, created from the training he received in the Stitches program
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry visited the Northeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center on February 2, 2018 to address a class of students who lost their jobs at American Apparel and are now learning new skills to stay in the apparel industry.

“Our goal is to help them see the value of what we’re doing to equip them to be cross-trained,” said Clotee McAfee, founder of the Stitches Workforce Advisory Services (Stitches), an initiative designed to train skilled apparel makers to become experienced sample makers and line sewers at apparel companies.

The exterior of Mariano Farber's  Los Angeles Restaurant, Kachi Deli Cafe & Grill
With help from the Central West BusinessSource Center, Mariano Farber was able to secure a second location for his restaurant, Kachi Deli Café & Grill. Mariano, who is passionate about providing healthy and tasty food to the community, started a small café in Los Angeles with his wife in 2009.

The café serves the type of cuisine that the couple enjoys eating: healthy, fresh, and organic with an Argentinean twist. The business was doing well until an increase in rent forced them out of their old location.

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.

Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC is helping Jovani continue his education and become a promising member of LA's workforce
As a toddler, Jovani left Los Angeles with his family for Mexico. At age 23, Jovani returned to LA with the goal of making it on his own in his hometown.

A case manager at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center helped Jovani enroll in the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE), a program designed to help disconnected youth, the homeless and re-entry individuals find jobs.

Rochelle Beckette fulfilled her dream of working in the medical industry with help from the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC
After losing her job, Rochelle Beckette was in need of job training and employment assistance.

Rochelle found assistance at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center where a career coach provided guidance to fulfill her dream of working in the medical field.

The center helped Rochelle enroll into an eight-week training program to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Mayra Ramos (right) got hired at the LA Public Library through the Targeted Local Hire Program with help from Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC Career Coaches Jocelyn Rodriguez (left) and Jessica Fuentes (center)
After Mayra Ramos emigrated from Honduras to Los Angeles in the 1990s, she found work as a housekeeper and caretaker, but she always dreamed of a better position with opportunities for professional growth.

In fall 2017, Mayra turned to the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, where she was referred to the Targeted Local Hire (TLH) Program, a program designed to help under-served and under-employed populations find an alternative pathway to rewarding Civil Service careers with the City of Los Angeles.

Jesus Rodriguez, owner of VIP Collision in San Fernando Valley with his family
The South Valley BusinessSource Center has built a longstanding relationship with entrepreneur Jesus Rodriguez, guiding him over the course of seven years from the opening of VIP Collision, his auto body and collision repair center in San Fernando Valley, toward an upcoming expansion in Canoga Park.

Jesus was born in Choluteca, Honduras, a regional transport hub along the Pan-American Highway smacked between El Salvador’s eastern and Nicaragua’s western-most borders. When he was 11-years-old, Jesus began working at an auto-body shop where he

(left) Steven Mason and (right) Destiny Nguyen served as LAP3 Ambassadors. EWDD and the LA Chamber of Commerce recently won a $250,000 grant that will build on the LAP3 model to help foster youth Countywide.
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, in partnership with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Foundation, recently won a $250,000 Accelerator grant that will provide additional resources to improve workforce outcomes for the region’s foster youth.

The Foster Careers LA Project will develop a Foster Youth Accelerator Network in LA County comprised of child welfare, workforce development system, and nonprofit stakeholders to collaboratively develop and prototype solutions to eliminate

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (center) and Youth Opportunity Movement, Watts participants attended a Martin Luther King, Jr. barbecue on Saturday January 13, 2018 sponsored by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck (right) and Community Safety Partnership Officers in Watts
Los Angeles City Council District 9 Councilman Curran Price, Jan Perry, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD), and a dozen YouthSource Center participants attended a Martin Luther King Day barbeque hosted by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck and the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Officers in Watts.

The barbeque, which took place on Saturday January 13, 2018, is a local tradition for the Watts Community to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Hollywood BusinessSource Center helped Arlington Heights Mini Market owner Herman Russell expand his business, paving the way for up to 8 new employees
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) has developed a longstanding relationship with Herman Russell, owner of the Arlington Heights Mini Market, helping him expand his business and create up to eight new jobs.

In 2015, Herman turned to the Hollywood BSC, run by EWDD partner Managed Career Services, for assistance in obtaining a small loan to purchase inventory to keep the shelves stocked at his mini market.