WORKFORCE BOARD: City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
In the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new goal to hire 20,000 young people for year round employment by 2020, more than quadrupling the number of youth jobs coordinated by City Hall when he entered office. HIRE-LA’s Youth is a program that helps young people ages 14 to 24 in the City of LA learn about the workplace, find a mentor and enter a path to meaningful and lifelong employment.
The City and County of Los Angeles kicked-off their summer youth hiring campaigns with several events in early June. At least half a dozen students from the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center (BHTYC) took the stage at the June 8 press conference launching the County’s 2017 Youth@Work Program. First District County Supervisor Hilda Solis and Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a commitment of 20,000 jobs to the Youth@Work Program. BHTYC alum Jessica White, currently a student at Santa Monica College, gave a speech where she emphasized the positive impact the summer youth hiring program had on her life and its importance to youth. “We all need to come together as human beings to help the youth and help push them in the right direction,” she said. “Bring more jobs. Not only will it be beneficial for the corporations, but it’s going to help keep the kids off the streets, away from violence.” The following week, Mayor Garcetti announced the L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline, a component of HIRE LA’S Youth program that is designed to bring youth opportunities in the tech sector. The pipeline is committed to placing 100 L.A. youth in tech jobs. The program, a partnership between the Mayor’s office and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Bixel Exchange, held a kick-off event and press conference June 13, which also included the inaugural meeting of the mayor’s special committee on Tech Talent. The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) General Manager Jan Perry attended, along with other EWDD staff. Sean Arian, Vice President of Innovation & Emerging Technologies at the chamber, thanked EWDD for being a great partner in the effort and praised EWDD for its creativity in finding financing for the program to help make it work. “I want to give a shout out to EWDD,” Arian said. “They’ve been really incredible.”
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