This summer the City of Los Angeles along with the Office of Mayor Villaraigosa employed over 9,300 young individuals as part of the HIRE LA’s Summer Youth Employment Program. HIRE LA’s Summer Youth Employment Program was implemented in 2005 in order to provide young adults between the ages of 14-24 with employment opportunities. Since its founding the program has helped employ over 57,000 young people living in Los Angeles. According to the Mayor’s Press Office HIRE LA is placing over 15,000 Los Angeles youth in jobs for fiscal year 2010-2011.
The HIRE LA’s Youth Program is led by the Community Development Department (CDD) and the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) who have partnered with private and public entities, such as the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Community College District, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Kaiser Permanente, Cedars Sinai, Vons, Best Buy, UPS, and Wells Fargo to employee Los Angeles youth. Funding for the HIRE LA program is provided by the $25 million federal stimulus money the City of Los Angeles receives as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. HIRE LA consists of nine youth programs: HIRE LA 16-24, Learn and Earn, Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), LA Public Works Summer Youth Employment Program, LA City Works, Clean and Green (L.A. Conservation Corps), Department of Recreation and Parks (summer jobs), LAUSD Students Workers, and LA Community College City Scholars Program.
Mayor Villaraigosa believes, “Despite the economic challenges we face as a city and a nation, HIRE LA continues to play an incredible role in the lives of young adults with a desire to work.” For more information regarding this program, please visit http://www.layouthatwork.org/hirela/Welcome.html.