Since 2006, the County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board (LACWIB) have made youth a top priority and provided over 40,000 youth with work experience during summer months.  This overall accomplishment would not have been possible without the collaborations with various key County Departments such as Public Social Services (DPSS), Children and Family Services (DCFS), Probation (DOP), Sheriff’s (LASD), Parks and Recreation, Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).  Countywide collaboration included the 7 Workforce Investment Boards (WIB); among them were County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, Pacific Gateway, South Bay, Verdugo, Southeast Los Angeles County (SELACO), and Foothill WIBs.

In 2013, a proven “Earn & Learn model was introduced as part of the area’s workforce system redesign.  This model provides youth with an opportunity to succeed in the modern workplace by participating in a mandatory 25 hours of classroom personal development training enhancing youth basic soft skills needed for the 21st century workplace.  Youth are then exposed to career pathways in high growth sectors and are assigned to a real-world workplace, gaining valuable employment skills and earning an income.


  • L.A. County Resident
  • 14 – 24 years of age
  • Have the right to work in the U.S.
  • Must have a work permit, if under 18
  • May need to register for Selective Service, if male and at least 17 years of age
  • There may be other eligibility requirements, depending on program funding

Program Elements:

  • Provides 6 weeks of combined work readiness and work experience for 20 or more hours per week
  • Receive about 25 hours of paid work readiness training in work ethics, career exploration, life skills and Financial Literacy
  • Entry level positions
  • Earn the minimum wage
  • Work for variety of Employers in private, public, or non-profit sectors
  • Get noticed by the Employers for possible hiring

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