Hire LA's Youth participants selected to work with the Stentorians of Los Angeles City
EWDD YouthSource Director Makeda Vela recently attended the kick-off event for Earn, Learn and Play, an initiative by Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA County Superintendent of Education Debra Duardo that is dedicated to ensuring that young Angelenos have access to summer internships, learning enrichment programs and recreational activities.

The program is designed to provide youth opportunities and experiences that will prepare them for the academic school year, via virtual and in-person activities that adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

The youth pictured here were selected to work with the Stentorians of Los Angeles City, an organization founded in 1954 by African American firefighters of the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) to combat the racism and bigotry that prevented African Americans from joining and advancing in the fire service.

Based in South LA, the group is dedicated to the mission of recruitment and promotion of diversity within LAFD. Through this partnership, EWDD is collaborating to build a pipeline for youth in South LA that will provide access to a financially stable and successful career path.

Learn more about the many programs and benefits offered to the young people of Los Angeles through EWDD Youth Services and their YouthSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of July 19, 2021. Read this issue and more.