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.

EWDD Business Response Unit staff Vanessa Willis (right) greets a visitor at the LAWA Business Connections event
Approximately 170 people visited EWDD’s booth at the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Business Connections: A Matchmaking Forum on June 14, 2018.

EWDD’s new Business Response Unit gained seven new business assistance clients at the event’s Resources Expo.

The Business Response Unit provides aid to LA area entrepreneurs by helping them connect with the appropriate agency or department to resolve many business related problems including delays or difficulties with City permits, licensing, and inspections.

Glady Uy, left, owner of Super Donut House in Hollywood behind the counter of his Hollywood business
The Mid City BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Glady Uy secure a $30,000 Small Business Administration (SBA) loan to renovate and purchase equipment for Super Donut House, catapulting his business into a successful donut shop with a solid customer base and a 4.5 star rating on Yelp.

In November 2016, through a referral, Glady connected with Steve Meng, a loan counselor for the Mid City BusinessSource Center. Steve offered business coaching and loan packaging which assisted Glady in securing a $30,000 SBA loan.

REEL founder Daniela Corrente (photo courtesy of
EWDD provided $350,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding to Grid110, a 501c3 clean technology start-up incubator that provides services to micro-enterprises to mobilize economic development in downtown Los Angeles.

Grid110 supports startups during the most critical state of their growth cycle by connecting them to mentors, access to capital, office space and other resources.

Brouwerij West founders Brian Mercer and Dave Holop have received long-term help from the Harbor BusinessSource Center (photo by Jolie Myers, courtesy of LA Magazine
The Harbor BusinessSource Center has provided long-term support to the Brouwerij West Brewery in San Pedro and recently helped secure a $593,000 expansion loan that will allow the business to purchase new equipment, refinance all existing debt and add working capital to support the company’s growth.

The loan is predicted to help the business double annual sales and generate at least 10 new jobs.

EWDD partner DPW Bureau of Sanitation recently held a welcome reception for 30 HIRE LA’S Youth interns 	30 HIRE LA’S Youth interns at the Los Angeles City Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation welcome reception (photo courtesy of LA Sanitation)
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation held an orientation Monday June 18, 2018 welcoming the 30 Hire LA'S Youth interns selected to work this summer as assistants to various positions, including engineer, office clerks, and analysts.

The Bureau of Sanitation has been a great partner of the EWDD and a long-time supporter of the Hire LA's Youth program. The bureau typically hires 30 interns each year.

The Central West BusinessSource Center helped Sky Cassidy obtain a loan to expand MountainTop Data, his B2B marketing data business
The Central West BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted Sky Cassidy in securing a $100,000 Small Business Administration loan that will allow his marketing lead generation business, MountainTop Data, to expand and purchase equipment, as well as increase its sales staff.

Sky started his company in 2005, helping small businesses to better understand their marketing data in order to generate successful leads. He was referred to the Central West BusinessSource by a local bank partner and met with a loan counselor who offered business counseling, helping Mr. Cassidy review MountainTop Data’s cash flow.

CRCD Financial Counselor Treasure Owens (top left) recently held a six-week workshop for women focused on finances and health
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College WorkSource Center recently held a six-week workshop for women focused on money and healthiness. The event was developed as part of a partnership between EWDD contractor Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) and the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Education and Research Center.

The workshop taught the women participants about the relationship between nutrition and finance, and was designed to explore how women manage their money and health issues.

Approximately 23 day laborer recently completed U.S. EPA lead-safe certification training
EWDD’s Day Labor Resource Center program recently hosted a series of lead-safe certification trainings for 23 day laborers, part of an effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that contractors, landlords and property managers comply with regulations that protect the public from harmful lead exposure.

EWDD partner Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA) provided the training at the UCLA Labor Center.