Jimmy Arteaga (left) found a job with help from Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center Career Coach Leo Rios (right)
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), helped job seeker Jimmy Arteaga find a job at a large retail company based in Santa Monica with a starting wage that surpassed his expectations.

When Career Coach Leo Rios first met Jimmy Arteaga, he was tired and discouraged. Jimmy said that he had been out of a job for several months and that he had exhausted all his savings on his rent and bills.

Sir Thomas Maddox received financial and career coaching, which helped him get a job as an electrician
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided career and financial coaching to Sir Thomas Maddox, helping him obtain a job as an Electrician.

Sir Thomas searched diligently for jobs, but because he had a criminal record, he was unable to find the job he wanted as an electrician. At the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), Sir Thomas received assistance from a career coach to help him navigate the job hunt process.

The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center helped Taylor get two retail jobs
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided job coaching and guidance to a young man named Taylor, helping him successfully find retail jobs at Bloomingdales and Burlington.

Taylor was facing many challenges in gaining employment, including a lack of transportation, which hindered his efforts in navigating the workforce. He also did not feel job ready and felt like he was “hitting a wall.”

Participants of the HireLA's Youth Summer Employment Program and the future of LA's economy
Cathay Bank recently donated $30,000 to the HIRELA’S Youth program, providing funding for 10 summer jobs.

The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) administers the HIRELA’s Youth program, an initiative supported by Mayor Eric Garcetti to provide young Angelenos ages 14 to 24 opportunities year-round to obtain their first job and get on a career pathway to become lifelong earners.

The South Region YouthSource Center run by CRCD recently held a financial empowerment workshop for 15 youth participants
The South Region YouthSource Center, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) successfully tested a pilot financial literacy workshop for 15 youth designed to enhance their financial wellness by teaching them proper financial management.

In collaboration with All Peoples FamilySource Center, 15 YouthSource Center participants were given a two-day financial literacy workshop covering such topics as: basic budgeting, understanding credit reports, credit card usage best practices, credit monitoring apps, identity theft protection, consumer’s rights and protections, and investing in stocks.

The Hollywood BusinessSource Center helped seamstress Oksana Putyatina obtain a $3,000 loan to expand her unique clothing business, RadSeams
EWDD staff referred Oksana Putyatina to the Hollywood BusinessSource Center, which helped her attain a $3,000 working capital loan to expand her business.

Oksana is the owner of "RadSeams," a clothing company that makes art installations, costumes, custom clothing, bags and provides small run production for local designers in the City of Los Angeles.

Adriana Flores Estrada, above, owner of O & A Upholstery, was able to expand her self-made business through the BusinessSource Program
After Adriana Flores Estrada was laid off from her full-time job, she decided to focus 100 percent on her existing business, O & A Upholstery, which specializes in custom upholstery and furniture slipcovers, outdoor patio furniture and wall upholstery.

In early April 2018, Adriana visited the North Valley BusinessSource Center and received an Access to Capital consultation, which helped her decide to expand her business.

exterior of Doña Imelda Tecualpetla's Salvadoran eatery, Restaurante La Union
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center provided ongoing guidance to entrepreneur Doña Imelda Tecualpetla, helping her realize her dream of opening her own Salvadoran restaurant, “Restaurante La Union.”

When she was 16 years old, Imelda emigrated from Puebla, Mexico to the US. For the past 23 years, she’s held a series of jobs to support her four children as a single mom. She’s worked as a seamstress, a housekeeper and gained 14 years of experience working as a Salvadoran cook.

Daisy Tavares (right) received funding from the Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center to get training to become a pharmacy technician
The Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), was able to provide funding to help an LAUSD adult school student receive training to become a pharmacy technician.

Daisy Tavares was laid off from LAUSD in 2017, where she had been working in maintenance and operations and working as a librarian.

Daisy had been a pre-med major in college but ultimately decided that she was more interested in

The Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center team following their game at the Gradelo Basketball Festival
Approximately 64 participants from EWDD’s YouthSource Centers attended the Gradelo Basketball Festival on May 12, 2018 at University Senior High School, a special event sponsored by former LA Laker Metta World Peace to benefit sports and educational programs at various schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.

A team from the Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center in the South-Crenshaw Region played in the high school basketball tournament.

A crowd of job seekers awaits the start of the West Adams WorkSource Center re-entry hiring event
An estimated 100 re-entry workers attended a hiring event Wednesday May 16, 2018 at the West Adams WorkSource Center (WSC), run by EWDD partner Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc, where several were provided offers on the spot for entry-level jobs in construction, transportation and warehousing.

The event was a collaborative effort between the West Adams WSC, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

Marshawno Gauff was recently hired at the City’s Department of Building and Safety through the Targeted Local Hire Program
Marshawno Gauff, 34, grew up in South Central Los Angeles and returned to Southern California two years ago after earning a degree in hospitality management at San Jose State University and working several years in sales, customer service and management roles.

He had been applying for jobs at the City since he returned to LA without any luck until a cousin informed him about the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP).