On July 6, 2016, the County of Los Angeles Community and Senior Services, in coordination with county Supervisors Don Knabe, Chair Woman, Hilda L. Solis, and in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles and other private partners, held a press conference at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles to announce they’ve officially committed 15,000 jobs to the Los Angeles Summer Youth Employment program. 15,000 youth between the ages of 14 to 21 will embark on a pathway to earn a meaningful work experience towards a potential career and develop into the future workforce of the Los Angeles region.
Supervisor Knabe has been a champion in supporting LA County’s Youth Jobs since 2006 and continues to be a leader in creating more funding and job opportunities for the County’s youth.
“An opportunity is all these kids want — a chance to show their skills and work hard — and since 2006, we’ve worked with our partners in the private, public and non-profit sectors to make these opportunities possible,” said Supervisor Don Knabe. “Thank you to all the businesses and organizations across Los Angeles County for giving our kids a chance to prove themselves and start on their paths to a successful career.”
“A great example that I’d like to mention to you is LEARN, which is located in the city of Whittier. Since 2014, they have hired up to 50 young people every year and have also hired some of the youth directly after the program. I want to give a shout-out to the LEARN Staff and want to thank them for hiring these young people and getting them to a great start,” said Supervisor Don Knabe at the press conference.
“The job of assisting youth becomes easier with great collaborations. Having the support of the County and City municipalities brings together resources in a coordinated cogent way that benefits everyone’s mission. It addresses the mission of municipalities to be responsive to social problems, it addresses the mission of agencies like LEARN that seek to respond to specific community needs and it addresses the individual missions of everyone seeking to improve their lives,” said Robert Arellanes, CEO of LEARN.
The press conference reinforces the County’s ongoing commitment to regional efforts that meet the employment and educational needs of the County’s youth, particularly those who are both out of school and out of work. LEARN is committed to investing in our youth by remaining a strong and active partner in these efforts.