(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.

Julie Gutierrez (center) poses with Downtown-Pico Union WorkSource Center Senior Workforce Development Specialist Marcella Wong (left) and DACE WIOA Navigator Eleanor Comegys (right)
In partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE), the Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center provided funding for student and job seeker Julie Gutierrez’s training to become a Pharmacy Technician.

Julie called the WorkSource Center in April 2018 seeking assistance and was connected with Eleanor Comegys, a DACE Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Navigator. Eleanor told Julie about the Pharmacy Technician program at Evans Community Adult School.

David Oliva (left) found a full-time job within two weeks after being released from prison With help from the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center and Career Coach Jessica Fuentes (right)
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided re-entry worker David Oliva with job search assistance, helping him find a full-time job within two weeks as a tow truck driver.

David was recently released from prison, having been incarcerated for more than 20 years. When he came to the WorkSource Center, he was afraid that due to his lack of skills and background it would be nearly impossible for him to gain employment.

LA:RISE helped Catalina (left) transition to a career as a peer case manager in social services
While incarcerated, Catalina learned about LA:RISE partner Homeboy Industries and was excited about the opportunity to change her life.

After her release from prison, Catalina faced housing instability and lacked a driver’s license and social security card. She joined Homeboy Industries and interned at Project 180, which taught her critical work and life skills.

LA:RISE provided Raul (center) the support he needed to learn transitional skills to lead a constructive lifestyle and get a job
After experiencing long term homelessness and incarceration, Raul was starting to feel hopeless and alarmed about his future. He had been out of the workforce for 15 years, had no support base and his situation often made him feel vulnerable and susceptible to negative behaviors, he said.

The LA:RISE program gave Raul guidance on how to create a constructive lifestyle and help him become self-sufficient.

Lilian at her new permanent job as a career service specialist at the Northeast WorkSource Center
After losing her job, Lilian decided to change her career and went back to school to become a surgical technologist. After graduating from her program in 2017 as a surgical technologist, she was unable to find a job and ended up homeless.

In July 2018, Lilian received a referral to work as a front desk receptionist at the Northeast WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Goodwill Southern California.