L.A. City, County Officials Set to Hire 15,000 Youths This Summer

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — City and county officials have announced a goal of helping 15,000 young people get jobs this year as part of the Los Angeles Summer Youth Employment program, which is available to people 14 to 24 years of age.

The program is open to all youth in the county, but the priority is on young people in the foster system or from low-income neighborhoods.

Youth workers will each receive wages totaling about $1,100, as well as training in financial literacy and workplace skills. Assistance with work clothes and bus tokens are also provided if needed.

Job center locations in the San Fernando Valley include JVS and the Youth Policy Institute, both in Pacoima, and El Proyecto del Barrio Youth Source Center in Sun Valley.

Partners include the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, 7-Eleven, Starbucks, Marshalls, Target, Sony and Disney, with jobs varying depending on the young person’s goals and interests. Positions are also being made available in county and city departments, including the fire departments.

“Jobs empower young people,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a press conference in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 6. “They give them the success they need. They experience what it feels like to support their families … And that is such a meaningful down payment on their futures.”

County Supervisor Don Knabe also said helping young get employed is a worthwhile endeavor.

“Investing in our young people has a great return,” he said. “From them having a job — that helps them develop skills, good work habits and to realize their potential.”

According to officials from the county’s Community and Senior Services, two in five people who are unemployed in Los Angeles County are between the ages of 16 and 24, with 19 percent absent from the workforce or school. Further, 23.2 percent of African American youth and 14.6 percent of Latino youth are disconnected.