Los Angeles County officials launched a program this week to give jobs to youth and young adults. The program is called Youth@Work. Its aim: connecting 14 to 24-year-olds to jobs with businesses and other organizations in L.A. County.
Cynthia Banks, director of the county's Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services, told KPCC the program is a chance to give real world experience to young people.
"[We want to] have youth learn about the high-growth industries for the future, and this gives our youth an opportunity to learn some of those skills so they can be prepared," she said. "And it not only helps the youth, but it will help our economy as well."
The program's plans include placing 20,000 youth in growing industries, such as construction and health care. Federal and state money help pay for it, Banks said.
The 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count found an increase in youth homelessness from previous years, according to a statement from the program. The Youth@Work program aims to do everything possible to provide career pathways to young people and keep them from contributing to that statistic, the statement said.
In total, the program provides six weeks of work experience during the summer months, including 25 hours of paid training, according to the program's website. Applicants must be L.A. County residents, have the right to work in the U.S. and have a work permit, if under 18 years old.