Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Third Annual Northeast Area Job Fair

A little over three years ago, the City Attorney's Office partnered with Jewish Vocational Service to create First Chance, a program designed to provide at-risk youth with educational opportunities, job skills training, mentoring, and assistance with employment placement.

As a part of its mission, each year First Chance has facilitated community access to local employment opportunities through the Northeast Area Job Fair.

Now in its third year, the Northeast Area Job Fair focused on securing employers able to provide training and employment opportunities to youth, and individuals with little work experience.

On May 30, motivated job seekers mingled with employers at Rio de Los Angeles State Park. Among the twenty-five employers and training agencies in attendance were: Apple One, Target, Vons, LAUSD, California Highway Patrol, Southwest Carpenter Training Fund, and El Super, a new supermarket soon to open in Highland Park.

Information about juvenile record sealing and expungement was provided on-site courtesy of attorneys from Public Counsel and The Alliance for Children's Rights.

To prepare area residents, the City Attorney's Office also scheduled four work readiness workshops over the month of May, where counselors from Jewish Vocational Service offered their advice about being a successful job applicant.

The Northeast Area Job Fair and related work readiness workshops were planned in partnership with Jewish Vocational Service, the Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Councilmember Ed. P. Reyes, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Jose Huizar, and with the support of The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and the Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council.

Our thanks to these partners and everyone who worked so hard to make this event a success.