City Hall promising teens 5,000 jobs

first_imgThe Community Development Department will coordinate one branch of jobs targeted at young people between the ages of 14 and 21. A third program, operated by the city, is aimed at 16- to 21-year-olds to work in recycling and environmental protection programs. In addition, the city will create a special job readiness program to train 18- to 24-year-olds for specific industries. Teenagers represent the largest section of the unemployed and need the training work can provide. “We don’t have a job deficit in this city; we have a skills deficit,” council President Eric Garcetti said. “If we can train young people, there are jobs there. And, it’s important for them to learn what it is to work in an adult environment and earn the pride and confidence that comes with a job.” Those interested in the program can call the city’s information line at 311 or view the Web page at [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2One of L.A. Hire’s key programs is Learn and Earn, which Villaraigosa started in his district when he served on the City Council. The mayor said 1,400 11th-graders will be hired and be required to attend classes in the morning and will have jobs in the afternoon. “A lot of these kids have to work to help their families out,” Villaraigosa said. “This is a way to make sure they also get a good education at the same time.” Schools Superintendent Roy Romer, who has committed the Los Angeles Unified School District to the program, praised the proposal. “This is the kind of program the city and the school district should be working on to help young people rather than arguing with each other,” Romer said. As three high school seniors spent the day peppering him with questions, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talked Wednesday about the importance of jobs and education as he announced a plan to create 5,000 jobs for teenagers this summer. The students from a ninth-grade Jefferson High School geography class had written to Villaraigosa asking to meet with him. They got a tour of part of the city, attended two news conferences with the mayor and asked him about everything from education reform to economic development. Key to the day for the students was the new L.A. Hire program, a $2 million local effort to provide jobs for young people that Villaraigosa announced at the Urban League’s South Los Angeles jobs center. “When I was growing up, there were a number of these programs paid for by the federal government,” Villaraigosa said. “They don’t do that any longer, so it is up to us to fill the need.” last_img read more