MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA LAUNCHES SUMMER YOUTH JOBS PROGRAM AT LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGES
The program provides opportunities for summer youth employment and job skills training while students continue their education Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today launched the LA Scholars youth employment program, a component of the Hire LA’s Youth initiative.
In step with the Mayor’s number one goal of creating jobs, LA Scholars provides employment opportunities and skills training for students at the nine Los Angeles City College Campuses.
“At a time when schools are unable to offer summer classes, our youth jobs programs are more important than ever,” Mayor Villaraigosa said.Â “LA Scholars is a unique youth employment program that allows students to stay in school while obtaining the skills needed for the economy of tomorrow.”
The Mayor toured classrooms at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College that are part of the Summer Green Jobs program. A partnership between the Southern California Gas Company and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, the program focuses on utilities and green construction. Highlighting the link between economic growth and environmental innovation, the Mayor noted that green jobs will bring the promise of new businesses, new jobs, and further economic opportunities for all Angelenos.
The LA Scholars Program is a partnership between the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Community College District and business and non-profits. The LA Scholars program is based at all nine Los Angeles Community College District campuses. Students are being placed in the following industry sectors–transportation, logistics, teacher preparation, green technologies, and electronic arts.
The LA Scholars Program is available at the following community colleges:
East Los Angeles College
137 students are interning at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority working on transportation issues as part of the East LA College LA Scholars Program.
60 students are interning at various oil refineries including Shell and Conoco Philips refineries as part of the Harbor College LA Scholars Program on Energy Pathways.
Los Angeles City College
80 students are participating in a teacher prep program and/or interning at various community based organizations as part of the Los Angeles City College LA Scholars Program.
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College 115 students are participating in a green construction and weatherization training program as part of the Los Angeles City College LA Scholars Program.
100 students are participating in a teacher prep program and working on after school programs as part of the Southwest College LA Scholars Program.
37 students are participating in a teacher prep program and working in after school programs as part of the Southwest College LA Scholars Program.
300 students are participating in a teacher prep program and electronic arts working on after school programs as part of the Southwest College LA Scholars Program.
120 students are interning at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority working on transportation issues as part of the Valley College LA Scholars Program.
West LA College
62 students are learning about the video gaming industry and are interning at Electronics Arts as part of the West LA College LA Scholars Program.
Hire LA’s Youth Employment Program works to provide young adults ages 14-24 with employment opportunities ranging from summer jobs to full time employment.Â Since it’s inception in 2006, Hire LA has placed over 31,000 young Angelenos in jobs.
Hire LA consists of nine diverse programs:
-Â HIRE LA
Working with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Hire LA places young adults ages 16–24 in paid, entry-level, full-time private sector jobs.Â The Chamber sponsors job-training workshops where job seekers earn a “Work Readiness Certificate” and interview for jobs with participating employers.
-Â LEARN & EARN
This program targets 11th and 12th grade students that have not passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Youth participants attend school and receive CAHSEE test preparations in the morning and work part- time in the afternoon.
-Â SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (SYEP)
This traditional summer youth employment program is administered by the Community Development Department. Young adults ages 14-21, living in the City of Los Angeles who have the right to work in the United States and qualify as a low income family are eligible.
-Â LA PUBLIC WORKS SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
The LA Public Works program focuses on outreach efforts to expand recycling and protecting the environment in Los Angeles. Youth ages 14-21 are eligible.
-Â LA CITY WORKS
The LA City Works program prepares participants for employment in entry-level positions with the City of Los Angeles, focusing on demand occupations with clearly defined career paths.
-Â CLEAN AND GREEN (L.A. CONSERVATION CORPS.)
L.A. Conservation Corp. provides employment, leadership and service opportunities that allow youth to work part time on urban beautification projects throughout the City. Clean and Green works with youth ages 14-17.
-Â DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS (SUMMER JOBS)
The Department of Recreation and Parks offers summer employment opportunities at local parks. Positions include recreation assistants, junior life guards, locker attendants, pool clerks and camp counselors.
-Â LAUSD STUDENT WORKERS
Through this program, The Los Angeles Unified School District offers student worker positions at local area high schools.
-Â LA COMMUNITY COLLEGE CITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM
This program targets recent high school graduates and connects them to one of the nine Los Angeles community college campuses. The Program is designed to enroll recent graduates into college-level courses and provides paid internships in high-growth industries.
Businesses or employers interested in becoming a part of Hire LA’s Youth Employment Program please visit www.hirelayouth.com or call 213-744-7206.