Harry’s LA Pizza business partners Carlos Flores and Anacleto Barrientos Gonzales launch their North Hills restaurant
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped friends and business partners Carlos Flores and Anacleto Barrientos Gonzales launch Harry’s LA Pizza, a North Hills pizzeria aimed at serving pizza with a “Latin touch.”

Starting in spring 2019, the South Valley BSC began assisting Carlos and Anacleto, first with filing and publishing of their DBA and Business Tax Registration Certificate for Harry’s LA Pizza. The BSC then assisted the team with finalizing their partnership agreement and helped them with licensing and obtaining a seller’s permit.

LA:RISE participant Justin speaks about his positive experience with the program and how it turned his life around
Working at the social enterprise Chrysalis Roads put Justin on a path to building a better future for himself and his family – and now he is paying it forward.

Shortly after being released from prison, Justin enrolled in the LA:RISE program because he was determined to build a future that was not predicated on his past. After completing Chrysalis’ job readiness program and the Convictions and the Job Search class, Justin joined Chrysalis Roads and began working on freeway maintenance projects.

LA:RISE participant Lupe overcame homelessness, obtained stable employment and is now a full-time college student
After experiencing homelessness and struggling to maintain employment, Lupe enrolled in the LA:RISE program and soon began working at employment social enterprise partner New Earth as a camera operator.

Lupe joined LA:RISE because she was excited about the opportunity to change her life and grow as a person, while also gaining valuable skills through paid job training.

The Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) Quarterly Meeting, hosted by EWDD
Approximately 120 people attended the recent Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) quarterly meeting, hosted by EWDD, which focused on a discussion about services for youth experiencing homelessness in the City and County of Los Angeles.

LAP3 partners, including the Los Angeles Housing Service Authority (LAHSA), delivered a presentation about services and programs available through Youth Coordinated Entry System (YCES) sites. The presentation also provided an overview of the partnerships currently in place for

Compass Rose Collaborative forklift training; Melvontae receiving a set of electrical tools
The Compass Rose Collaborative recently helped participant Melvontae gain a spot in the electrical union as an apprentice and surprised him by providing electrical tools to get him started in his new career.

Melvontae had just been paroled and was skeptical about returning to finish the last week of construction training due to transportation issues, but he was convinced to return and finish his forklift training.

EWDD’s Youth Services staff at the Systemwide Professional Development and Personal Enrichment Day
EWDD’s Youth Team conducted a system wide professional development and personal enrichment day Wednesday June 5, 2019.

Approximately 46 individuals attended, the majority of which were case managers. Topics included “Find Your Future,” and “Self-Care.”

The Mayor’s Office recently launched the Find Your Future 2.0 platformas a pilot to engage young people. The session provided training for case managers on how to use the revamped version of the job and support services website and showed case managers how to utilize the website to engage program participants.