YouthSource participant Justin goes to college
During COVID-19, young Angelenos ages 14 to 24 can still turn to EWDD’s YouthSource Centers for resources that include job skills training, work readiness programs, and mentoring and counseling.

This week, EWDD Updates shares the story of a youth participant that received assistance during the pandemic from EWDD partner Para Los Niños (PLN), which operates the Central Los Angeles/Westlake and Northeast Los Angeles YouthSource Centers.

Assisting young Angelenos during pandemic

Justin came to the Para Los Niños YouthSource Center because he had just received his high school diploma, but was unsure about his education and career path.

Working with a PLN YouthSource career advisor, Justin decided that he wanted to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Justin was scheduled to begin his EMT course in May 2020, but classes were cancelled due to COVID-19. Justin was further impacted when he was laid off from his job due to COVID-19.

Justin refused to let these barriers stop him from pursuing his dreams of furthering his education. Instead, Justin proactively asked his PLN career advisor for assistance in submitting his college application and applications for financial aid.

With the assistance Justin received from PLN, he recently started his fall semester at Santa Monica College.

EWDD’s YouthSource, WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers are providing assistance by phone, email and social media, with limited in-person appointments due to health and safety guidelines. Learn more about the many programs and benefits offered to the young people of Los Angeles through EWDD Youth Services and the YouthSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of October 5, 2020. Read this issue and more.