Launched in 2005, the Hire LA’s Youth campaign provides part-time and full-time employment to City residents ages 14 to 24. Job placements happen year-round with an emphasis on employment during the summer months of July through September. At any point during the year, eligible youth may register at any of the City’s 14 YouthSource Centers to receive work readiness and financial literacy training, education services, and job placement assistance.


L.A. COLLEGE PROMISE WORKS (LACP Works) is an initiative that connects community college students to career coaching, skills training, and paid employment opportunities. This program is the product of a close partnership between the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the L.A. Community College District (LACCD), the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, and the City’s Workforce Development System. LACP Works aims to build a sustainable, equity-driven employment pipeline that connects College Promise students to high-quality jobs and career pathways in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. 

The program allocates career coaches for all nine LACCD campuses to help students navigate campus resources, offer career advice, provide wrap-around training, and find paid internships and permanent positions. LACP Works builds on the success of L.A. College Promise, an effort first announced in 2016 by Mayor Garcetti and LACCD to provide all L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) graduates with free tuition at L.A. 's community colleges. This landmark program provides students with additional academic support services, free laptops, and free passes on the City’s DASH buses. The L.A. College Promise is one of the largest citywide free community college programs in the nation, having served more than 20,000 students to date. The city’s effort became one of the models for the California College Promise Program, a statewide initiative to make higher education more accessible and affordable.


LACP Works provides LACP students with a dedicated team of career coaches to help them navigate on-campus career resources, as well as jobs programs through the City and County of Los Angeles and beyond. The program will also offer workshops and training opportunities to help students graduate with the professional skills and knowledge to pursue the careers of their dreams.


LACP Works is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, Los Angeles Community College District, Economic Workforce Development Department, Youth Development Department and the Mayor's Fund of L.A. Working directly to ensure program success career coaches and college promise coordinators from the following locations: 


The Mayor’s office of economic opportunity via the work of the LACP Works team is responsible for the program coordination and implementation of youth employment internships for 500 college promise students within the 9 LACCD campuses.  

Student to Student Success

The Student to Student (S2S) Success program will provide job skills training and paid employment to high-need students who will serve as tutors to younger students in their household who have struggled academically as a result of the COVID-19  pandemic. The program will serve 1,000 high school students job skills training and paid employment during the school year, at more than 20 LAUSD school sites.

The purpose of the program is two-fold: to reverse the disproportionate learning loss experienced by our most vulnerable younger students; and to provide paid work  experience and career exploration to older students to prepare them for essential  employment in the education and childcare fields. The S2S program provides a unique and  innovative program model in K-12 education, bringing together the Los Angeles Workforce Development System (WDS) and the Los Angeles Unified School District  (LAUSD) to improve the lives of vulnerable students who have been among the most impacted by the pandemic. 


The Student to Student (S2S) Success program provides tutors with 20-hour job skills training and 100-hours of paid work experience. They are employed by either the Los Angeles Unified School District or one of EWDD’s partnering YouthSource centers. They will also gain professional development and career exploration opportunities to prepare them for possible employment in the education and childcare fields. 


The youth tutors must be low-income high school students who are under 25 years old,  who live in the City of Los Angeles and who have valid U.S. work authorization. The students working as tutors are low-income youth attending Title I schools identified by LAUSD and located in the South Los Angeles,  Central Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, East Hollywood, North San Fernando Valley,  and South San Fernando Valley areas of the City. The younger students receiving the tutoring assistance are children who have low grades, inconsistent attendance, and missing or incomplete school assignments.


The S2S program provides a unique and innovative program model in K-12 education, bringing together collaboration between the Mayor’s Office, Youth Development Department, Economic and Workforce Development Department, YouthSource System and the Los Angeles Unified School District to improve the lives of vulnerable students who have been among the most impacted by the pandemic. 

The (13) YouthSource System agencies supporting the The Student to Student (S2S) Success program are: 


The Mayor’s Office oversees implementation and program evaluation of the Student to Student (S2S) Success program in collaboration with the Economic and Workforce Development Department, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. This includes program oversight, coordination among all program stakeholders and strategic planning to ensure program outcomes and to ensure a successful Student to Student (S2S) Success program.

Fore more information please email S2SProgram@LACity.org.

Early Childhood Equity Project

The LA Early Childhood Equity Project (LAECEP) seeks to eradicate LA City’s school readiness gap for our most vulnerable children. The school readiness gap refers to the disparity of outcomes in cognitive and socioemotional skills resulting from inequities in resources and support for students based on socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and English learner status. When children enter kindergarten, the gap between disadvantaged and advantaged children is profound. Low-income children of color have the highest need for quality early education services, often starting kindergarten a year or more behind other peers with access to these resources.

The Project envisions a Los Angeles where all low-income children of color and English learners have access to high quality early childhood education (ECE) resources. To achieve this vision, we plan to target three focus areas: Workforce, Equity, and Alignment. This project will increase the early childhood education (ECE) workforce, create an Early Childhood Equity Index for allocating ECE resources in the City based on need, and develop an Equity Alignment Plan to implement congruent benchmarks and quality standards across LA’s mixed delivery system. The project represents a collaborative of ECE leaders, which consists of leading ECE experts, community-based providers, educators, and employers to address these focus areas and develop working groups. By eradicating the school readiness gap early in life, we can dismantle the savage inequities that persist throughout a child’s time in the education system. 

In the 2019 State of the City Address, Mayor Garcetti expressed his dedication to advancing the idea that excellent education is a birthright for every child in the United States and galvanized Los Angeles around the need to invest in young learners. Building on the success of LA College Promise and his intervention to end the teacher’s strike, the Mayor prioritized ensuring that Los Angeles has an early education workforce that can meet the needs of every child in Los Angeles.


The Project seeks to design an equitable and sustainable ECE workforce development strategy that targets first-time transitioning college students through Los Angeles College Promise, incumbent community-based providers in need of expanded professional development opportunities, and LAUSD adult school students. 

In support of LA College Promise students, the Mayor’s Office in collaboration with the Los Angeles Community College District developed the ECE Student Advancement Program (ECE-SAP). ECE-SAP provides support to community college students entering the early childhood education workforce or entering a Bachelor’s degree program in child development field. The program provides supportive services to students including: 1) financial educational awards 2) quarterly coaching sessions, 3) one-on-one mentorship support and 4) paid ECE internships. Students are eligible to participate in the program if they meet the following requirements: 

  • Be a graduating LACCD student (priority is given to LA College Promise students)
  • Interested in pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in the Child Development field or obtaining employment in the early childhood education sector

Incumbent community-based providers in need of expanded professional development opportunities are supported via a coordinated outreach and marketing effort to connect childcare providers in the City of Los Angeles to workforce development services, including virtual rapid response orientations, emergency support services offered through the WorkSource Center system, and certificated training programs offered through the LAUSD Adult School. In total, the Mayor’s Office and EWDD hosted 18 rapid response sessions supporting 400 affected workers who were furloughed, laid off, or had their work hours reduced. The Mayor’s Office and EWDD also leveraged the City’s BusinessSource System to provide entrepreneur training to childcare workers interested in opening their own family childcare home. As a result, BusinessSource orientations were provided to ECE educators in order to connect them to existing resources available at the BusinessSource Centers (BSC). Overall, 200 educators were supported through BSC orientations.

The Mayor’s Office’s partnership with LAUSD’s Adult School aims to expand the current pipeline of credentialed ECE teachers in order to meet growing demand in this sector. Child Development 1, 2 and 3 is a streamlined three-course series offered at LAUSD adult schools and is free to students, relieving students of tuition costs. The three-course series provides students with the opportunity to apply for the Child Development Assistant Permit via the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


The Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity has been working with 14 early childhood organizations to support the vision of certifying, recruiting, and training 2,500 educators by 2025

through partnership-building and resource leveraging. The partners include: 


The Mayor’s Office coordinates and manages the Incumbent, Multilingual, and LA College Promise Workforce Work Groups. This includes convening partners regularly to advance LA Early Childhood Equity Project goals, facilitating communication between partners, and developing strategies to support the needs of each work group. In addition, the Mayor’s Office coordinates and leads the Early Childhood Education Student Advancement Program by recruiting and providing supportive services to students.  

Angeleno Corps

Angeleno Corps is a 10-month intensive service, support, and education program designed to engage young Angelenos in community recovery efforts in our City’s neighborhoods most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program recruits and deploys 400 young people to provide service to hard-hit communities during the academic year. Additionally, Angeleno Corps recruits eight Service Leaders, who are responsible for coordinating and leading two teams of 25 Corps members each during the program. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified existing inequities in our public education system and deepened the crisis of disengagement and disenrollment from higher education programs among Black and Latinx students in Los Angeles. The pandemic has devastated poor communities of color by compounding injustice in health care, job opportunities, housing, and family stability. As a result, young people have experienced significant trauma from disparities in job loss and economic insecurity, as well as educational loss and disconnection.

The FY 21-22 Adopted “Justice” Budget prioritizes equity and makes significant investments in youth development and career pathways for young Angelenos. One such investment is the creation of the Angeleno Corps. This program will address the urgency of community and educational recovery by engaging hundreds of young Angelenos in a multifaceted program of service to the most impacted communities, support for their educational dreams, and an anchoring of their economic stability.


All corps members are placed at partner community-based organizations to complete their 400 hours of service. They will work an average of 10 hours per week, completing a total of 400 hours over the course of the program, while attending school or completing a certification program. Corps members each serve in one of four recovery and equity priority areas: Youth Corps (Education and Child Care), Health Equity Corps (Healthcare and Environmental Justice), Future Corps (Digital Equity), and Dream Crops (Family Immigration Assistance). 

Additionally, members participate in cohort meetings with their Service Leaders, professional development and group service activities, including “Days of Service.” The City’s YouthSource Centers serve as the employer of record for Corps members and provide them with specific job skills training before deployment. 

As part of their participation in the program, Corps members receive a $1,0000 monthly stipend and are eligible to receive a $1,000 culmination education scholarship to use toward an undergraduate degree, additional certification or job training program.


To participate, Corps members must be City of Los Angeles residents, 18 to 24 years old, who have valid U.S. work authorization. Additionally, the program recruits from two specific youth populations: (1) youth ages 18 to 24 who are disconnected from school, referred to as “LAP3” youth; and (2) community college students, who are full-time students enrolled at one of the nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD).

Priority is also given to youth applicants:

  • Living in zip codes of the City hardest hit by COVID-19 infection, job losses, and educational loss during the pandemic.
  • Who have a history of homelessness, foster care system involvement, or contact with the justice system.
  • Who are enrolled at the Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, or Los Angeles Mission College, which are the three LACCD campuses most impacted by COVID-19.


Angeleno Corps is implemented via a dynamic collaboration between the Mayor’s Office, Youth Development Department, Economic and Workforce Development Department, YouthSource System, Los Angeles Community College District, and community-based organizations. 

The YouthSource System Service Providers include: 

Our 38 community-based partners include education and child care providers, health care institutions, wellness, environmental justice, digital inclusion, and immigrant support organizations.  


The Mayor’s Office implements and designs the Angeleno Corps program in collaboration with the Youth Development Department, Economic and Workforce Development Department, YouthSource System, and Los Angeles Community College District. This includes developing a strategic plan, coordinating all partners and contractors to meet programmatic goals, and identifying metrics to evaluate the program. Additionally, the Mayor’s Office recruits, trains, and places Angeleno Corps members, as well as eight Service Leaders at our YouthSource Center partners who assist with program implementation.