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

a collage of GRID110 assisted entrepreneurs
Grid110, a 501c3 clean technology start-up incubator dedicated to helping entrepreneurs launch their businesses, recently celebrated its sixth anniversary and the 200 companies it has assisted since it was founded.

“Just like our companies, Grid110 started as an idea. Our founding team came together to create a community that they wished existed at the time. A community that better reflected the diversity of innovators and businesses they saw in their Downtown LA neighborhood and the greater Los Angeles area. This shared vision was so powerful that

Mike Camorlinga, owner of Lulu’s Restaurant and Sports Bar
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped Mike Camorlinga, owner of Lulu’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, obtain COVID-19 financial relief to retain 20 jobs and keep the 44-year-old establishment open. Lulu's Restaurant and Sports Bar is has been welcoming and serving customers in the San Fernando Valley since 1976.

In 2012, Mike, a general manager who started at the restaurant as a busboy and later was promoted to cook, was presented with the opportunity to achieve his life-long dream of purchasing

Jesse Portillo working on clearing Ramirez Canyon Park in Malibu in 2020
From November 2020 through April 2021, Jesse Portillo was part of a crew responsible for restoring landscapes destroyed by the Woolsey Fire, which burned nearly 97,000 acres throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

During his time with the crew, Jesse gained valuable work experience felling large trees with chainsaws in Ramirez Canyon Park in Malibu and completing detailed trail work on the New Millennium Trail in Calabasas. Jesse’s job training was

Douglas, LA:RISE program participant
When he enrolled in the LA:RISE program at social enterprise partner Center for Living and Learning (CLL), Douglas was experiencing homelessness with his family. He had recently completed an inpatient recovery program and faced significant barriers to finding full-time employment.

After learning about LA:RISE,

Harlow, LA:RISE program participant
Prior to joining LA:RISE, Harlow spent most of his adult and adolescent life in the criminal justice system. When he was released from incarceration, Harlow was eager to join the workforce but struggled during job interviews.

After being referred to LA:RISE social enterprise partner Chrysalis, Harlow completed job-readiness classes and received coaching on how to share his background with potential employers. At Chrysalis, Harlow felt