Girls in L.A. aren’t the leaders of tomorrow — they’re the leaders of today, and Mayor Garcetti is focused on empowering them to chase their dreams and chart a brighter future. Whether it’s in our classrooms, on our sports fields, or inside City Hall, we’re working hard every day to make sure that girls have the strength, skills, and support they need to succeed. Learn more about our programs and sign up.
The Department of Recreation and Parks Girls Play L.A. (GPLA) program is focused on making sports available to all girls. The program strives to get and keep girls involved in sports and living a healthy lifestyle, while making friends, building self-esteem and having fun. The GPLA program is subsidized so that all girls can participate and is available across 100 different sites in Los Angeles! Learn more and sign up by visiting the website.
The Mayor’s Youth Council is a one-year program for Los Angeles high school students. The Youth Council works to empower its members to advocate for causes relevant to the youth of Los Angeles and gives the next generation of leaders a voice in City Hall. To learn more and apply to join the council, visit the program website here.
Hire LA’s Youth provides job opportunities for Angelenos between the ages of 14 and 24, placing them in a variety of industries — including transportation, healthcare, hospitality, entertainment, government, and financial services. Along with work experience, the program offers training opportunities, on-the-job mentoring, financial literacy workshops, and other resources. To participate and learn more, visit the website.
The L.A.F.D. Girls Camp is designed to give young girls a closer look at what it takes to be a firefighter with the L.A. Fire Department and exactly what steps you will need to take to be successful in the process. Girls ages 14-18 are invited to explore the possibility of a future career with the L.A. Fire Department with active duty L.A.F.D. female firefighters and cadets! This two-day program is filled with lots of fun, hands-on activities with actual firefighting tools and equipment and the chance to try on the firefighter's personal protective gear!
The Fire Cadet Program is designed for young men and women between 14 - 20 years old. Cadets work side by side with LAFD members in the station to learn the duties and responsibilities of a firefighter. Following an introductory 5-day orientation program, the Cadet is assigned to a cadet post with a task book. The task book requires the cadet to learn and gain hands on experience in such things as first aid, basic firefighting skills, tools & equipment maintenance, community relations, and fire prevention. Each Cadet post has an assigned post advisor who will coordinate such activities. Upon completion of task book, cadets are eligible to attend the Cadet Academy and further enhance their skills as they work towards their career in the fire service. Becoming a Fire Cadet is an excellent way to develop necessary skills and gain valuable experience that will be helpful in any future endeavor. This program is ongoing throughout the year and is held at various fire stations in our four bureaus within the city.
Among the most difficult challenges faced by firefighter recruits are the physical requirements of the Training Academy. To assist, the L.A. Fire Department (L.A.F.D.) offers the free Candidate Assistance Program (CAP) to help potential candidates get physically fit and get accustomed to the rigorous training environment that a recruit will encounter in the training academy. The CAP also serves to familiarize candidates with certain aspects of firefighting and creates a framework for networking with others in the testing process. It is strongly encouraged that all L.A.F.D. candidates take advantage of this free program. By attending CAP, candidates of all levels will be better prepared to succeed in the fire training academy by reducing injuries, improving overall fitness levels and increasing durability. The increased effectiveness of this program derives from its design to incorporate progressive, functional, and mixed modal training that translates directly to firefighter functions and fire ground activities in the field. Women and men who are at least 18-years-old are welcome.
Full STEAM Ahead is an integrated science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) program at the L.A. Public Library that helps children and adults develop today’s most important qualities including curiosity, creativity, and persistence - all essential to a productive life as well as crucial for successful STEAM careers. For more information, visit the public library’s website.
The Police Orientation and Preparation Program (POPP) is a one-of-a-kind educational experience that places career-bound law enforcement students in an established LAPD training environment. The program prepares students for the moral, ethical, and physical standards required by the LAPD and includes a rigorous, two-year college curriculum that enables high school seniors and college freshman to obtain an Associate's degree and/or transfer to a four-year university before applying to the LAPD.
The LAPD Cadet Program helps instill discipline, leadership, academic excellence and life-skills in all youth participants. The program also seeks to empower students to maximize their personal, scholastic and life potential. The Program provides a variety of law enforcement skills that can lead to a successful career with the LAPD. The Cadet Program lays the foundation as Police Officers and civilian employees in the L.A. Police Department.
Pledge to Patrol offers young people who are aspiring police officers the opportunity to participate in a part-time, paid apprenticeship program with the Los Angeles Police Department. Participants are generally top performing members of the POPP, Cadet or other youth programs and receive on the job training while they are in the police hiring process. This program is an excellent way to get the training needed to be successful on the job while earning an income and contributing to the City of Los Angeles. For more information, register here.
The Mayor’s Office offers a variety of internships ranging from infrastructure and transportation to libraries, arts, sports programs and innovation. You will learn a variety of skills working in the Mayor’s Office including effective project management skills, communication skills, and problem solving skills. You will also learn about the many services offered throughout the city and how the seat of government works. To apply today, visit the website here.
The Department of Recreation and Parks Women Officials Recruitment and Certification Program is an eight-week pilot program held at the Baldwin Hills Recreation Center. This training teaches young women to work as referees and scorekeepers at any of the City’s 180 Recreation Centers. Citywide about 2% of referees are female and it is a goal to increase the ranks of women referees in sporting events. The program has proven to be successful and Departments are exploring further sourcing opportunities to expand it Citywide. For more information and to sign up, visit the website.
The Los Angeles College Promise Program provides one year of free enrollment to all full-time students graduating from LAUSD and charter high schools beginning with seniors graduating in 2017. Included in this program are priority enrollment, placement in math and English courses required to succeed in college and career support and counseling. This is a special opportunity to get your education paid for! To participate and learn more, visit the website.
In 2018, the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood launched IgniteLA, a program for young women that builds civic knowledge and leadership skills to bolster civic engagement. Through this 6-week course, young women learn about the City’s legislative process, Mayor’s Executive Directives and City programs/resources available to the public for women to access and share with their network. This is a great way to get involved in Los Angeles civic life and meet the City’s leaders – getting you ready for everything from volunteering to joining your neighborhood council to working in the City! For more information and to sign up, visit the website.
The City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment offers a leadership program for youth and young adults ages 14-24. The Civic Youth Leadership Academy is designed to educate, engage, and empower young people to take active roles in their communities and speak up on issues that matter to them. As a civic leader in training, participants will be prepared to actively take part in Neighborhood Councils and the greater Los Angeles community with other like-minded young people from across the city. For more information and to sign up, visit the website.