Amira Polack, founder and CEO of Struct Club
Grid110, a 501c3 clean technology start-up incubator dedicated to helping entrepreneurs launch their businesses, recently celebrated alum Amira Polack, founder of the app Struct Club.

“Struct Club is a transformed company because of Grid110,” Amira said in a profile Grid110 published on the online publishing forum Medium.

Compass Rose Collaborative alum Anthony (above) receiving work tools
Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) alum Anthony, who was featured in the July 1, 2019 issue of EWDD Updates, was appointed to a top position in an upcoming project.

EWDD Senior Project Assistant Juan Romero, who oversees the CRC program, recently received an email testimonial about Anthony from Martin Bros., a Gardena-based construction company that hired him.

Christopher, an LA:RISE participant, gained marketable experience with the LA Conservation Corps
The Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) program participant Christopher, recently gained work experience with social enterprise partner LA Conservation Corps that inspired him to pursue a career in landscaping or natural water preservation.

Before he joined LA:RISE, Christopher was not working or enrolled in school, putting him at risk for homelessness. After watching his sister succeed at LA Conservation Corps, Christopher knew it was the opportunity he needed to achieve economic stability.

34 students took part in the inaugural two-week security training course at the Los Angeles Technology Center, provided by a partnership between West Adams WorkSource and the LAUSD DACE
The West Adams WorkSource Center recently partnered with the LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) to launch a 40-hour security training course at the Los Angeles Technology Center.

The WorkSource Center covers tuition costs and fees for students. Graduates from the two-week course earn their guard card, a license issued by the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also recently joined the program as a recruiter.

EWDD staff offer YouthSource, WorkSource and BusinessSource service information to a 2019 Central Avenue Jazz Fest attendee
More than 270 individuals visited the EWDD booths at the Central Avenue Jazz Festival on July 27-28, 2019.

Held in South LA, staff from EWDD’s YouthSource, WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers worked the booths all weekend, an example of EWDD’s community outreach efforts to inform Angelenos about EWDD’s services for youth, job seekers and entrepreneurs. In addition, a representative from the North San Fernando Valley WorkSource, overseen by EWDD partner Youth Policy Institute provided extra coverage to assist EWDD.

LADWP's 21 Hire LA's Youth interns pose on building steps as they culminate their summer youth employment program
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation held a culmination ceremony Friday July 26, 2019 celebrating 21 Hire LA’s Youth interns.

The bureau has partnered with EWDD for several years to utilize funding from the Hire LA’s Youth program for its “Summer Introduction to Engineering and Science Program,” a six-week program where interns work in the Bureau’s various divisions providing assistance to engineers, office clerks and administrators.

Compass Rose Collaborative Re-Entry Program participants train for OSHA certification
The Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) Re-Entry Program recently released a performance report announcing that 95 percent of participants completed 120 hours of training to receive a Safety Pre-Apprentice Certificate.

The report, which covers January through July 2019, said that 84 percent of CRC participants are currently employed full-time or part time. The program, which targets all of Los Angeles County, is geared toward youth participants between ages 18-24 who have recently been paroled or are on probation.

Matias Vanegas, owner of American Cleaning Company, working on one of his commercial office contracts
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center helped Matias Vanegas, owner of American Cleaning Company, secure a $2,000 microloan to build his website, advertise, and purchase uniforms to expand his business.

Matias, an El Salvador native with many years of experience in the commercial cleaning industry, launched his own commercial cleaning company in mid-2017. He recently met with a business coach at the Hollywood BusinessSource Center who helped Matias complete a needs assessment and analyzed his financials.

Parent La’Kima James (left) looks on as her daughter Reniyjah Clark fills out an application for the Hire LA’s Youth program
EWDD unveiled another social media video Monday July 15, 2019 across its @LAEWDD Instagram, Twitter and Facebook account. This week’s video provides a tour of the South LA YouthSource Center located at Southwest College, the first YSC site to be co-located with an America’s Job Center of California at a Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) campus.

Operated by EWDD partner Archdiocesan Youth Employment (AYE), the center represents a partnership between EWDD, the Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services and the LACCD as part of a larger effort to

Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center welcomes 80 Hire LA’s Youth 2019 summer interns
The Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (YSC) launched its Hire LA’s Youth summer internship program this week with more than 80 participants.

On Monday July 15, 2019, participants were required to attend a mandatory internship prep session that taught students about workplace expectations, performance evaluations, goal setting, complaint procedures, safety, time sheet instructions and grounds for termination. All participants will be placed at a worksite intended to provide a meaningful work experience.

Re-entry job seeker Armando obtained a union job helping to build the new LA Rams stadium
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College WorkSource Center recently helped re-entry job seeker Armando Martin join the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #4 union and obtain a job with a contractor that is helping build the new $4 billion LA Rams Stadium.

“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. Today I have the privilege of expressing my gratitude to those that have been catalyst for me in achieving that success from day one of orientation to my employment today. I’ve learned how to

Mid-City Region BusinessSource loan counselor Phong Le (left) hands local business owner Sam Rypinski (right) obtain a $125,000 SBA loan to expand Riverside Studios, LLC
The Mid-City Region BusinessSource Center recently helped longtime client Sam Rypinski obtain a $125,000 Small Business Administration (SBA) Community Advantage loan to expand Riverside Studios, LLC.

The studio has been providing services to the needs of artists, film, and photo professionals since 2014. Sam previously worked with the Mid-City BSC for assistance with a start-up loan to launch Everybody Los Angeles, a fitness center that primarily serves the LGBT community by providing them a safe place to strengthen and heal.