Breaking Employment Barriers for Youth in LA County
Gloria Cabrera was a runaway teenager by the age of 16. She was sentenced to her first stint in state prison by the age of 19. She will be 25 years old in a few short weeks, but her life now can’t be any more different than her life ten years ago.
This past spring, Ms. Cabrera was introduced to the Creating Opportunities and Real Experiences (CORE) Internship Program, a program created to support and develop more effective career pathways for current and former justice involved youth. CORE is one of the many youth-oriented programs available to County residents through Youth@Work.
The County of Los Angeles officially announced the summer kick off of the Youth@Work program with a regional goal of hiring 25,000 youth and emphasized efforts underway to create jobs and career opportunities for justice-involved youth and others with employment barriers. The goal of Youth@Work is to provide youth with a menu of multilevel services that offer access to work experience, work readiness, personal enrichment training, academic and career counseling, and advanced career services.
Youth@Work brings together the County, employers, community organizations, and other regional partners to prepare youth ages 14 to 24 for careers in the local economy. The program pairs paid work experience with a comprehensive and strategic set of employment, training, and support services through a network of America’s Job Centers of California (AJCCs).
Ms. Cabrera recently graduated from the CORE program and has been hired by the law firm where she interned through the program as a legal assistant. She is now a first generation college student and aspires to become a lawyer. To learn more about Youth@Work, visit here. For more information on CORE, visit here.