LA:RISE logo combined with logos from LA:RISE program partners Los Angeles LGBT Center, Culinary Arts, and CRCD Enterprises
EWDD is a leadership team partner of the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE). The City’s WorkSource Centers and LA:RISE prioritize at-risk individuals who are neither in school nor employed.

The following story illustrates the success of the LA:RISE program, made possible through the efforts of EWDD, our partner agencies, and the LA:RISE clients.

Facing Homelessness, LA:RISE Provides Teen Training, Leading to LAX Job

Jeremiah, participant in CRCD Enterprises LA:RISE program LA:RISE partner CRCD Enterprises provided participant Jeremiah with job training that equipped him to secure full-time employment at Los Angeles World Airports (LAX).

Jeremiah discovered LA:RISE at a crucial turning point in his life. At 18 years old, he was facing a challenging transition to adulthood – he had no work experience and was struggling to pay his rent and afford transportation. He was at risk of experiencing homelessness when, through the LA:RISE program, he learned about CRCD Enterprises run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD).

As a LA:RISE participant, Jeremiah worked on a variety of city improvement projects from painting to graffiti removal, which equipped him with a wide range of hard skills. After building five months of job experience and transferable skills, Jeremiah was hired for a full-time job at LAX.

Jeremiah said the LA:RISE Program helped give him a sense of maturity by enabling him to tackle adulthood and prioritize his goals. He said he enjoys his work and is excited to see what the future has in store, including his dream of pursuing a welding career.

LA:RISE – A Social Enterprise Solution to Help the At-Risk Join the Workforce

EWDD is a leadership team partner of LA:RISE, an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System (WDS) with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help men and women with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed.

The City’s WorkSource Centers and LA:RISE prioritize individuals recently released from prison, the unsheltered or those at risk of homelessness, and youth ages 18-24 who are neither in school nor employed. After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise, leveraging WorkSource Center training and services, LA:RISE participants are placed in permanent jobs within the private or the public sector.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of February 7, 2020. Read this issue and more.