EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull (second from right) greets Los Angeles LGBT Center staff at the February 2020 LA:RISE Hiring Fair at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center
Approximately 80 individuals attended and interviewed for jobs at the inaugural LA:RISE (Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise) Hiring Fair, held Thursday February 13, 2020 at the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Tech College (LATTC) WorkSource Center (WSC).

The hiring fair is the first in a series of events tailored specifically for LA:RISE participants, a program geared toward helping individuals with high barriers to employment, including individuals experiencing homelessness, re-entry job seekers and youth who are neither in school or working.

Attendees interviewed for a variety of positions including bank tellers, customer service reps, security guards and warehouse workers. Amazon, Bank of America and the Los Angeles LGBT Center were among the many participating companies.

EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull attended the event, marking one of her first visits to EWDD’s network of 16 WorkSource Centers.

“As I walk around, I see so many opportunities for us to partner up with different organizations, the County and other City organizations so we can provide and leverage other resources so we can scale this and have a greater impact,” she said. “This is the type of work that EWDD should be doing and that we do well.”

The overall experience was positive for many attendees, said Treasure Owens, Associate Director of Workforce and Economic Development for EWDD partner, Coalition for Responsible Community Development, which oversees the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC.

“I’ve seen a lot of individuals come in and sit down and meet with employers and return to meet with different employers,” she said. “The goal is to make sure they are getting hired and that is our expectation.”

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

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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 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.

Learn about the many different programs and benefits offered through EWDD Employment Services and WorkSource Centers. Let EWDD help you achieve your dreams and goals.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of February 17, 2020. Read this issue and more.