Mayor Garcetti Celebrates $53 Million In State Funding for Youth Employment Programs In Los Angeles

Los Angeles–Mayor Garcetti was joined by State and City leadership to celebrate $53.3 million in state funding for #CaliforniansForAll (CA4All) Youth Workforce Development programs in the city. This grant will fund 14 programs across 5 different city departments and provide work to over 4,000 young Angelenos. 

“Through investing in our youth, we are investing in our future. In a time when everything moves at the speed of light, it is important to equip our young people with the tools necessary to succeed,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “#CaliforniansForAll will provide our youth and young adults with practical experiences, preparing them to take on the challenges of today and tomorrow. Thank you to our state partners for believing in and supporting LA’s youth.” 

The CA4All Youth Workforce Development initiative focuses on providing career development opportunities for Angelenos ages 16-30 in the climate, food insecurity, and local COVID-19 recovery efforts. 

“The #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps is a win for our young people, the City of Los Angeles and the state of California,” said Josh Fryday, California Chief Service Officer. “California is investing in underserved youth and bringing people together in service to uplift our communities.”

With this grant, the City of Los Angeles will fund and expand the following 14 programs:

1. Clean L.A.

2. Edible Food Waste Recovery

3. L.A. Community Composting

4. L.A. River Rangers

5. Teen Parent Prosper Project

6. LA:RISE Youth Academy

7. South L.A. Non-profit Apprenticeship Program

8. Angeleno Corps

9. Early Childhood Education Student Advancement Project

10. City Pathways

11. Student to Student Success Program

12. Youth & Community Harvest Internship Program

13. Youth Hospitality Training Academy

14. Summer Night Lights

“Amid a historic budget, I am proud to advocate for initiatives that are a reflection of our values. The #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps’s investment in Los Angeles will enable thousands of young people to find employment, gain valuable job skills, become civically engaged and give back to our communities,” said Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo. “Young people need access to resources in an effort to thrive and succeed in a city that is becoming more and more expensive to live in. From cities and small towns across California, and particularly in Los Angeles, it is its people that make it unique and special.  This program will empower an entire generation, as we all confront the widening educational and economic gap in our state. This investment is critical for young people as it is critical for the future of our city.”

Mayor Garcetti has made youth development a priority during his tenure leading the City. In 2021, the Office of Mayor Garcetti launched Earn, Learn, Play, an online platform that connects young Angelenos with hundreds of City and County recreational, educational, and paid internship programs. 

Mayor Garcetti also launched Angeleno Corps, a program that provides 400 young Angelenos from areas highly impacted by COVID-19 with opportunities to earn a paycheck, gain work experience, and serve their city in areas critical to our recovery. 

In the summer of 2021, Mayor Garcetti cemented his commitment to Los Angeles’ youth and launched the Youth Development Department (YDD) which leads the coordination of youth services in the City of Los Angeles. 

Prior to the pandemic, the city’s Hire LA’s Youth program placed 20,000 young Angelenos in year-round employment — surpassing the goal of hiring 20,000 young people by 2020 and more than quadrupling the number of youth jobs that were coordinated by City Hall when Mayor Garcetti entered office.

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