LA:RISE participant Stephanie
When Stephanie (left) graduated from high school, she found herself at a crossroads. Not enrolled in college or working, Stephanie began searching for an opportunity to develop on-the-job skills, build stability, and prevent homelessness.

The LA:RISE program gave Stephanie the opportunity to enroll in YWCA’s Digital Learning Academy. While there, Stephanie completed her on-the-job training by teaching seniors technology skills and working as a teacher’s assistant at a monthly youth coding boot camp.

This experience helped Stephanie build interpersonal and customer service skills, and she gained valuable experience managing a busy workload.

With the confidence and skills built in the LA:RISE program, Stephanie is planning to enroll in college to study child development and begin a career that allows her to continue working with youth in her community.

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.