2016 Annual Meeting: Workforce Development Board Honors Hire LA's Youth Initiative Donors

Gregg Irish and Charles Woo at the 2016 WDB Annual MeetingWDB Also Meets New Board Members and Learns About City’s Workforce Restoration Plan

At its July 20, 2016 annual kickoff to the new Program Year meeting, the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board and its Youth Council honored organizations that made financial contributions and hiring pledges to support the City's ongoing Hire LA's Youth Initiative.

Charles Woo, WDB Chair, also thanked the City of Los Angeles Department of Sanitation for its efforts to both hire interns and promote Hire LA's Youth to potential donors and employers.


2016 Hire LA's Youth Private Donors

Hire LA's Youth logo and website link
  • Bank of America
  • 7-Eleven
  • Arcadis
  • Black & Veatch
  • MARRS Service, Inc.
  • Mizrahi Tefahot Bank
  • Southern California Edison

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has made it a priority goal for Hire LA's Youth to provide 15,000 Angelenos with real jobs, work experiences and paid internships in 2016.

A nationally recognized program, Hire LA's Youth was created in 2005 and is the City's premier path for providing Angeleno youth and young adults with a meaningful, paid, first work experience.2016 WDB Annual Meeting keynote speaker Jackie Goldberg, special consultant to Mayor Garcetti

Jackie Goldberg (former President of the Los Angeles Unified School District, former member of the California Assembly, and former member of the Los Angeles City Council), special consultant to Mayor Garcetti, was the keynote speaker and provided the audience with an overview of the Equitable Workforce and Services Restoration Plan for the City of Los Angeles.

46% of City employees will be eligible to retire by 2018. Consequently, the Equitable Workforce and Services Restoration is a succession plan that proposes to restore City services through the hiring of 5,000 new City workers over the next several years.

A key feature of the plan is its focus on recruiting local workers as the talent base for entry level hiring for City civil service positions. Ms. Goldberg highlighted the important role the City's network of WorkSource Centers and YouthSource Centers will play in this recruitment effort.

The WDB also met the thirteen new members Mayor Garcetti will appoint to the board. The new appointees represent several major regional employers, small and local businesses, a labor training organization, the Los Angeles Community College District and a leading non-profit. The memberships will be finalized after the Los Angeles City Council ratifies the complete slate of WDB appointments.

All of the 2016 Annual Meeting documents are available for review and download on the WDB’s Google Calendar.

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