More than 43,000 placements since 2013
LOS ANGELES — Connecting young people to meaningful employment is an important step in helping them build work experience and start pursuing the careers of their dreams. Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined today by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Delta Airlines, and L.A. business leaders to mark the achievement of the 2016 HIRE LA’s Youth program goal to employ 15,000 young people.
The Mayor also announced a new goal to hire 20,000 young people for year-round employment by 2020. The goal more than quadruples the number of youth jobs that were coordinated by City Hall when he entered office. Since 2013, Mayor Garcetti’s HIRE L.A.’s Youth program has placed more than 43,000 young people in summer jobs.
“Every young person deserves the opportunity to earn a paycheck and gain skills that will put them on a path to prosperity,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I will keep raising the bar and setting our sights higher — because HIRE LA’s Youth is an investment that pays off in their lives today, and holds the promise of a brighter future for our city and the entire region.”
Today also marks the launch of the Los Angeles Area Chamber’s L.A. Talent Challenge. The Chamber will place work-ready, certified high school or college students in industries they feel passionate about. In turn, companies have the opportunity to develop their future workforce, strengthen Los Angeles’ future talent, and bolster the City’s economy.
"I am excited to take part in the Chamber's L.A. Talent Challenge to find 500 more companies to sponsor or hire one (or more) student interns this summer,” said Steve Nissen, Chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce board and Senior Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs at NBCUniversal. “I am proud to say NBCUniversal has taken this challenge, as we are one company that hired over 500 youth last summer and plan to have another robust program again for the summer of 2017. We know that giving youth real work experiences through internships not only prepares them for their future careers, but also bolsters the City’s economy.”
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.
"Investing in our youth today will reap untold dividends in the future," said Los Angeles County Supervisor and Board Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas. "HIRE LA’s Youth provides some of our most vulnerable and at-risk youth with the opportunity to earn their first paycheck, as well as receiving valuable training and experience that can serve as building blocks to success."
The program is a key component of the Youth Workforce Development System in the City and County of Los Angeles, and a signature element of Mayor Garcetti’s agenda to strengthen L.A.’s economy. The program provides career exploration opportunities to low-income youth — specific opportunities are targeted to foster youth, young people from families receiving CalWORKs, as well as youth on probation, youth receiving General Relief, and homeless youth.
The positive impact of youth employment is well documented. A labor market study commissioned by the Brookings Institute revealed that high school students who work 20 hours per week have higher levels of future economic attainment — earning approximately 20 percent more annually, and receiving 10 percent higher hourly wages than those who do not work. For young adults ages 20-24, those who worked at least 13 weeks in the previous year had a 30 percent higher chance of employment than those without any work experience.