LA:RISE program participant Esther
At risk for homelessness, the LA:RISE program gave Esther her first job opportunity at social enterprise New Earth. Esther, 18, was searching for her first full-time job, but with little work experience she was unable to secure a full-time position and was at-risk for homelessness.

After learning about the LA:RISE program and social enterprise New Earth, Esther was excited at the opportunity to access paid job training and supportive services designed specifically for youth.

During her time working as a Camera Operator for New Earth Explore, she learned time management and valuable computer skills. Working in an office environment also helped Esther build confidence and she quickly developed goals for her future. Esther plans to enroll in college and hopes to pursue a career in fashion design.

EWDD is a leadership team partner of the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (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 individuals with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of July 13, 2020. Read this issue and more.