LA:Rise - How It Works

After working in a transitional job at the social enterprise and leveraging training and services from the WorkSource Center, individuals are placed into jobs in the private sector, in public-sector jobs in the City of LA, or in vocational training programs. Upon placement, the individual is matched with a Retention Partner who works with them for up to one year, acting as a safety net in case barriers emerge on their path to self-sufficiency.

LA:RISE Partners

Social Enterprises
Social enterprises provide time-bound, paid work experience to individuals who have barriers to employment. They receive on-the-job training and personal support to assist with issues such as housing, childcare, criminal involvement, and transportation. Social enterprises in LA:RISE include Chrysalis, Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), Digital Learning Academy, Goodwill SoCal, Homeboy Industries, LA Conservation Corps (LACC), New Earth, the Center for Living and Learning, and the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO).

Workforce Agencies
The Economic and Workforce Department (EWDD) is the administrative department responsible for workforce and training in the City of LA. EWDD functions as the project manager and provides administrative oversight for fiscal monitoring and program compliance. Government contractors, WorkSource centers (America’s Job Centers, One-Stops) are nonprofits who provide workforce training and job readiness. They work with individuals from the beginning of employment at the social enterprise through the placement transition, and follow up once someone is placed in employment. Workforce agencies in LA:RISE include Goodwill SoCal, Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), Managed Career Services, and El Proyecto.

Retention Providers
Retention Providers’ help people remain employed by providing wrap-around resources to prevent job loss and lay the foundation for upward mobility. They assist with referrals to health, housing, and educational resources, and coaching for personal development and financial capabilities. Personal Support Providers in LA:RISE include LIFT, Friends Outside LA, Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), and Restoration Law Center.

Innovative Features of LA:RISE

  • Job Readiness Assessment: A standard tool implemented across all social enterprise sites to ensure that all referred candidates are job ready. The use of this assessment tool creates consistency and provides assurance to the employers that no matter which social enterprise they source from, they will receive a consistent and quality referral from the LA:RISE program.
  • JobsLA (CalJobs): A data tracking system that allows all LA:RISE partners to communicate efficiently with each other. By integrating social enterprises and personal support providers, this platform has significantly improved communication and case management across multiple sites.
  • Beyond Co-location: WorkSource Center partners are not just physically co-located at the social enterprise site, they are integrated into their program and organization. Individuals from both of these agencies are seen as one seamless team, providing customer-centric case management to all LA:RISE participants.
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Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Founded in 2013, the mission of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) is to change lives and create safe, healthy communities by providing a support and advocacy network for, and comprised of, formerly incarcerated young men and women. To accomplish this mission, ARC advocates for fair policies in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and provides a supportive network and reentry services to formerly incarcerated individuals.

Friends Outside

The mission of Friends Outside is to assist children and families, prisoners, and former prisoners with the immediate and long-term effects of incarceration, and to act as a bridge between those they serve, the community at large, and the criminal justice system, thereby enhancing the character of justice.


Founded in 1998, LIFT is a national nonprofit dedicated to ending intergenerational poverty by connecting hardworking parents and caregivers of young children to the people, tools and resources they need. LIFT operates in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., communities with some of the highest rates of concentrated poverty. By fostering relationships between low-income parents and caregivers of young children (members) and dedicated volunteers (advocates), we help families build the personal well-being, social connections and financial strength to secure basic needs and achieve long-term goals and aspirations, like a safe home, living wages or a better education.

Restoration Law Center

Restoration Law Center guides nonprofits and individuals over obstacles by providing mobile criminal defense, nonprofit formation legal services and training resources. Restoration Law Center is providing legal education and services to LA:RISE partners and clients.