Jul 292017

Los Angeles Supports Trans Youth


Mayor Garcetti Removes Barriers to Employment For Trans Youth

Case managers, career advisors, and advocates attend training to learn how to better serve transgender youth seeking employment


A new series of trainings spearheaded by Mayor Eric Garcetti and LGBTQ advocates are promoting employment practices that can expand career opportunities for transgender young people.

More than 100 caseworkers from City and County agencies and local non-profits attended inaugural training, where they learned about trans-specific barriers to employment, the transition process, preferred gender pronouns and vocabulary, and key differences between sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. This training, and the L.A. Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit, are designed to support employment case managers in meeting the needs of transgender clients, and encourage employers to hire LGBTQ youth.

“Everyone deserves the chance to build a career and prosper,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Transgender youth are among the most vulnerable Angelenos — and employers and advocates should have the tools to help young people get on the path to meaningful opportunities in every sector of the economy.”

The workshops are part of Mayor Garcetti’s commitment to grow the number and quality of jobs in the HIRE LA’s Youth program, and bring together public and nonprofit partners to empower LGBTQ youth as they prepare to enter the workforce. Since taking office, Mayor Garcetti has tripled the number of youth jobs in Los Angeles, and set a new goal to hire 20,000 young people for year-round employment by 2020.

The training was delivered in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) Initiative, and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)’ Community Based Learning Program, and specifically targets foster youth, youth on probation, and homeless youth.

“Young transgender people face significant challenges in entering the workforce and finding meaningful career pathways. Many of them who cannot attain employment face the risk of becoming homeless,” said Simon Costello, director of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Children, Youth & Family Services. “This indispensable training to case managers and career advisors will help empower trans youth in becoming equal and complete members of society. Thank you to Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Economic Opportunity, the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, and the Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot for helping some of the most vulnerable and underserved young people in the community.”

According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the unemployment rate for transgender people is twice that of the general population, and nearly four times as high for transgender people of color. According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, when unemployed, transgender people are twice as likely to become homeless or turn to underground economies like sex work and illegal drug sales, 85% more likely to become incarcerated, and twice as likely to become infected with HIV.

The 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Youth Count estimates that nearly 6,000 Transition Age Youth, ages 18-24, in the County are homeless on any given night, a staggering 64% increase over last year. A disproportionate number of these young people identify as LGBTQ.

Today’s trainings underscore the importance of equipping young Angelenos with essential tools that will set them on a path to gainful employment and away from homelessness.

“EWDD is pleased to support the Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit,” said Jan Perry, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department. “This enhancement will enable the trainers to be highly sensitized to the unique issues that transgender youth face in the workplace and provide a pathway for trainers to help trans youth navigate the complexities of getting a job.”
“The strength of Los Angeles lies in its diversity and that includes the many youth job seekers that case managers encounter” said Mary Keipp, Program Director of UCLA’s Community Based Learning Program. “Our workforce development professionals may not have had experience assisting transgender youth. Thus we hope the toolkit and training will provide a growth opportunity for case managers and career advisors in working with this very vulnerable population. Thanks to Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Economic Opportunity, the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board, the California Workforce Development Board and the LA LGBT Center for helping to better serve transgender youth in their pathway to adulthood.”

Participants included representatives from the City of Los Angeles YouthSource System; LAHSA’s Coordinated Entry System; Los Angeles County’s Office of Education and Departments of Mental Health and Workforce Development; Aging and Community Services; the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce; the L.A. Community College District; L.A.’s BEST; Mexican American Opportunity Foundation; Five Keys Charter School and Programs; the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and a range of City and non-profit partners, including the Youth Policy Institute and Communities In Schools.

In May of 2016, the Mayor and other City leaders made L.A. the nation’s largest city to establish a permanent council of transgender community leaders with the creation of the Human Relations Commission’s Transgender Advisory Council. Last October, the L.A. earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Municipality Equality Index (MEI) scorecard for being a national leader in advancing LGBTQ rights for a fifth consecutive year.

About the Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit
Released June in 2016, the toolkit is a resource of the Los Angeles LGBT Center released for case managers and others to assist them in helping to prepare transgender youth for the workforce. It was developed as a part of the Transitions to Work (T2W) project, a collaboration between the Los Angeles LGBT Center, University of California at Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Community Based Learning Program, the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board, and the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department. The toolkit was funded by grants from the California Workforce Development Board and the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability, AIDS Coordinator’s Office. The toolkit is available online at http://lalgbtcenter.org/social-service-and-housing/transgender/t2w



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Los Angeles moves forward

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The White House just banned transgender service members from military. President Trump continues working on moving the clock backwards. How dumb does he think America is?
Nov 252016
Mayor Garcetti During 2016 Turkey Trot

Mayor Garcetti during the annual Turkey Trot to benefit the Midnight Mission. Photo property of Mayor Garcetti

In his Thanksgiving message L.A. Mayor Garcetti urges Angelenos in the aftermath of the divisive presidential election to move on and focus our strength on the community. (Incidentally, living in a State and a City managed by wise leaders is yet another reason to be grateful….)

The Mayor’s suggestions?

  • Take part in the Welcome Home Project. Los Angeles works hard to provide affordable housing that will relieve the current housing AND homelessness crisis.
    Mayor Garcetti reminds us that homeless people are not faceless statistics; they are people very much like us who have fallen on hard times and with some support can become productive, self-sufficient and successful. Welcoming them into the neighborhood with compassion and care baskets. Read more
  • Volunteer to help at Immigrant Resource Fairs and help immigrants learn about available options and resources. Those who qualify may be helped in their quest for citizenship. Those concerned about the welfare of their children should know the city’s position on ensuring safety of all its residents. Los Angeles is – and has always been – a city of immigrants. Help them find a way to assimilate and prosper. Read more
  • Hire wisely! If you own a business that’s looking for new employees consider hiring youth or a veteran. The city has special programs to help you get started. The youth needs experience. The veterans need a way to resume life as civilians.
    Read more about Hire LA’s Youth.
    Read more about Hiring Veterans, 10,000 Strong.
  • Support gender equity at the leadership level! Los Angeles has already made strides and currently has achieved 50 / 50 gender equality on city’s boards and commissions. Let’s make sure the equality continues.
    Women are invited to participate in workshops and mentorship programs hosted by Mayor Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, the Young Women’s Assembly in March 2017. Read more
  • Fight climate change with the help of the City! Did you know that as a homeowner you can request up to seven shade tress (and everything else needed to grow them!) from the City, free? More shade trees means less AC and less global warming… Read more about Free Trees

Changing the world or influencing politics of a country is beyond the scope of an individual. Affecting positive change at the local level – right at home! – is doable. And guess what, the “world” starts in our own backyard…. Our example may become contagious.



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Jun 302016

Show L.A. Youth The Way

Hire LA’s Youth is one of the City’s most exciting programs to put young adults to work, ensuring they have “first time” job experience that will set them on the path of lifetime earners. This year we are committed to providing 15,000 jobs for young people ages 14 to 24 who live in the city of Los Angeles.

Become a Partner with the Hire LA’s Youth Initiative

  • SPONSOR employment for one or more youths – a $2,200 pledge to the program sponsors one youth
  • HIRE one or more young people at your workplace
  • GET SUBSIDIZED SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYEES by offering supervised work at your workplace
  • SPONSOR SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYEES and GET SUBSIDIZED SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYEES by offering supervised work at your workplace

This Program Benefits All Angelenos!
Thousands of motivated young job seekers apply each year hoping for a summer job opportunity and Mayor Eric Garcetti and our workforce partners are determined to put 15,000 young people to work this summer with the goals of:

  • Preparing young adults for the 21st Century workforce in the city of Los Angeles
  • Engaging youth in positive activities during summer
  • Partnering with the city’s business community
  • Developing long-term employment opportunities for L.A.’s youth

They are the future, let them know you care! Learn how to get involved in Hire LA’s Youth.

Your life is calling: Learn how to prepare for a job!



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