LA:RISE participant Adrain
The LA:RISE program helped Adrain (left) successfully transition back into the workforce after he was released from prison. The job readiness training he received through the program helped Adrain land two jobs as a security guard and sweeper for Chrysalis Works.

Growing up, Adrain was a great student with good grades and a love for school. But as an adult, Adrain made several mistakes that led him into incarceration.

Upon being released from prison, all Adrain wanted to do was return to the workforce and provide for his family. Adrain learned about the LA:RISE program through a referral from his probation officer and began working with Chrysalis, an LA:RISE social enterprise partner.

After completing Chrysalis' job readiness program, Adrain began working a transitional job as a street sweeper for Chrysalis Enterprises’ Works program. Chrysalis also provided Adrain with rental assistance and funds for auto repairs.

Adrain worked closely with an employment specialist to submit several job applications until he received the offer to work for a security company. Although Adrain is working more than 70 hours per week, he says he is at the best point of his life because he is able to maintain stable housing and provide for his family, including his wife and grandchildren.

“As long as you keep looking forward, you will succeed,” Adrain said. “If you look in the past, it can cripple your future."

Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (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 December 19, 2020. Read this issue and more.