LA:RISE - How It Works

After working in a transitional job at the social enterprise and leveraging training and services from the workforce development agency (e.g. WorkSource Center, YouthSource Center, America’s Job Center of California), individuals are placed into jobs in the private sector, public-sector within the City and County 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.

REDF's Role
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), requires government-contracted workforce development agencies to serve populations with barriers to employment. Given this legislation, REDF saw a catalyzing opportunity to foster collaboration between the social enterprise field, the workforce system, and employers to improve the long-term success of this population. And that’s how LA:RISE came to be. Funded initially by the Department of Labor through a Workforce Innovation Fund Grant, thanks to its early success, LA:RISE is now funded locally by a City of LA General Fund allocation, LA County Measure H, and workforce funding.

REDF functions as the lead program manager for LA:RISE and provides technical assistance to the myriad of partners that are part of this initiative.

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), YWCA Digital Learning Academy (DLA), Goodwill SoCal, Homeboy Industries, LA Conservation Corps (LACC), New Earth, the Center for Living and Learning (CLL), and the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO).

Youth-Focused Partners
There are a subset of WorkSource (WSC) and YouthSource (YSC) Centers that specifically provide 300 hours of transitional employment to young adults that are participating in LA:RISE. The WSC and YSC caseworkers provide support in the form of transportation, clothing, resources, and counseling. Once the transitional employment is completed, WSC's and YSC's assist the participant in finding permanent employment and connect them to personal support providers.
Workforce Agencies

Workforce Agencies
The Economic and Workforce Department (EWDD) is the administrative department responsible for workforce and training in the City of LA via WorkSource and YouthSource Centers. The Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) is the administrative department responsible for workforce and training for the County of Los Angeles via America’s Job Centers of California. Their mission is to connect communities and improve the lives of all generations in Los Angeles County.

WDACS and EWDD function as the project managers and provide administrative oversight for fiscal monitoring and program compliance. Government contracted workforce development agencies (e.g. WorkSource Center, YouthSource Center, America’s Job Center of California) 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 development agencies in LA:RISE include Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services (AYE), Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), Community Career Development, Inc., El Proyecto, Goodwill SoCal, Hub Cities Consortium (HCC), JVS SoCal (Jobs Vision Success), Managed Career Services (MCS), and Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority (SASSFA).

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 Friends Outside LA, Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), and Restoration Law Center.

Innovative Features of LA:RISE

  • Job Readiness Assessment: This tool is used by all social enterprise sites to ensure that potential employees are job ready. It helps increase participants likelihood of success in the program and assures employers that no matter which social enterprise they source from, their employees will be trained well and ready to work.
  • 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 and America’s Job Center of California 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.

Are you looking for employment and interested in participating in LA:RISE? Use the directory below to get more information on the participating Social Enterprises. Once you find the Social Enterprise that seems to be the best fit for you, contact them to ask about joining the LA:RISE program.

In order to be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older and currently out of school or out of work
  • Currently unemployed or underemployed and seeking long term employment
  • Have experienced one of the following life circumstances: previously or currently homeless, have been incarcerated, or on parole or probation

Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services

For more than half a century, AYE has consistently provided educational and social-emotional support, job training and workforce development programs, serving more than 2,300 disconnected youth throughout Los Angeles City and County in 2017. Through our network of AJCC’s, YouthSource, and WorkSource and programs like LARCA, LA:RISE, YouthBuild, Youth@Work, etc.  AYE helps prepare disconnected populations for America’s future workforce by “Building Bridges to Success.
Eligibility: Age 18+
Industry: Retail, Banking, Education, Nonprofit, and Social Services
Intake Address: 3250 Wilshire Blvd Ste. 1010 Los Angeles, CA 90010 or South LA Youth Source LA Southwest College SoCTE, Room 115 1600 W. Imperial Highway Los Angeles, CA 90047
Contact: Neville Burroughs, Area Manager,, (323) 736-5456

El Proyecto Del Barrio Sun Valley YouthSource Center

El Proyecto YouthSource Centers provide comprehensive employment and training services for youth ages 16-24 throughout the San Fernando Valley. Our primary focus is out-of-school youth; drop-out youth; in-school youth and jobless youth. Our services ensure that young people that have barriers to employment or education get the skills and education that is required to enter the workforce based on the Labor market economy, including the demand sector and emerging industries.
Eligibility: Age 18 to 24, Homeless, Foster, Probation, Drop Out, or Low Income
Industry: Retail, Recreation Centers, Education, and Libraries
Intake Address: 9020 Laurel Canyon Blvd Sun Valley, CA 91352
Contact: Gayane Aposhyan, (818) 771-0184

Hollywood WorkSource Center – Managed Career Solutions

MCS seeks to provide economic empowerment and proactive quality employment services to all job seekers and partner employers; assist individuals with multiple barriers secure employment in high-growth industry sectors based on real-time labor market information; and aid entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and develop economic empowerment.
Eligibility: Homeless, At Risk of Homelessness, Previously Homeless, or Reentry
Industry: Nonprofit, LA Food Bank, New Image Emergency Shelter, LA Aids Foundation, Wildfire Clean up, Warehousing, Clerical, and Landscaping
Intake Address: 4311 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90029
Contact: Franklin Ramirez,, (323) 454-6121

UCLA West YouthSource Center

The UCLA Community Based Learning Program (CBL) is a unit of the Office of Instructional Development at UCLA.  CBL operates in the Los Angeles community with the goal of leveraging the resources of the University to assist youth in transitioning to higher education, quality careers and productive adult lives.  CBL works exclusively with youth, both in school and out-of-school and provides afterschool programming, workforce and college readiness, subsidized employment and placement in permanent employment and/or post-secondary education.
Eligibility: Age 18 to 24
Industry: UCLA Campus Departments, Nonprofit, Afterschool Programs, and Retail
Intake Address: 3415 S. Sepulveda Blvd Suite 130 Los Angeles, CA 90034
Contact: Amanda Gonzalez, Program Manager,, (310) 572-7680

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.

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.