(left to right) EWDD Interim General Manager John L Reamer, Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, Hire LA’s Youth participant Destiny Nguyen, and and Jorge Orozco, Director of Youth Workforce Services at Para Los Niños
Nine out of the dozen participants invited to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s intimate Hire LA’s Youth roundtable discussion on Wednesday February 20, 2019, had ties to EWDD through YouthSource or WorkSource Centers or through an EWDD partnership initiative.

“The event was amazing!” said Destiny Nguyen, who worked at the Para Los Niños Central Region YouthSource Center through the Hire LA’s Youth program and now currently works at EWDD.

Also at the roundtable were Jessica White and Victor Cruz, participants at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center.

The meeting, held in the Mayor’s Press Conference Room, provided a forum for the Mayor to meet with Hire LA’s Youth participants in a small, intimate setting. The Mayor discussed the youth’s experiences with mental health issues, mentoring programs, the challenges faced by their socio-economic status, issues for youth who are disconnected from school and other public services, and barriers that could be better served through Hire LA’s Youth.

EWDD Interim General Manager John L Reamer, Jr. attended, along with EWDD Youth Director Makeda Vela and EWDD Workforce Director Gerardo Ruvalcaba.

Explore the various youth oriented services that EWDD offers by checking out the Youth Services pages. Learn more about the Hire LA's Youth program at HireLAyouth.com.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of February 18, 2019. Read this issue and more.