Mayor Villaraigosa and Earvin "Magic" Johnson Announce 10,000th Job Filled and Urge Participation in 15,000 More Jobs in HIRE LA's Youth Program

Key Milestone Reached in Program Sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, the Workforce Investment Board and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

June 2, 2008 11:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today announced the fulfillment of the 10,000th job through this year’s HIRE LA’s Youth program and set a new goal of 15,000 jobs for the coming year.  Earvin "Magic" Johnson joined Mayor Villaraigosa to urge youth and employers to participate in the program, which connects youth (ages 16-24) with local employers for paid full- and part-time jobs.  The HIRE LA’s Youth program – sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, the Workforce Investment Board and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce – was created to provide summer work experience for young adults and help fill entry-level job openings with Los Angeles employers.

“With so many young people in Los Angeles who are out-of-school and out-of-work, HIRE LA’s Youth is an extremely important program aimed at giving young people the opportunity to join the workforce and maximize their potential,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “I congratulate our city’s businesses for offering our youth the opportunity to build their careers and become the future leaders of tomorrow.”

Achieving last year’s program goal, the 10,000th job was filled by Vons, one of the business partners participating in the program.  Building off this success, UPS pledged to fill the first of 15,000 new jobs, the new goal of the program.  A key component of HIRE LA’s Youth is Work Readiness Certification, which provides youth with a portable credential certifying that they possess the basic skills necessary to obtain and retain employment.  The Work Readiness Certificate is endorsed by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the City Workforce Investment Board and the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA).

“One of the biggest challenges facing employers in Los Angeles is hiring qualified entry-level workers,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “By creating a work-ready pool of applicants for participating businesses to select from, HIRE LA’s Youth addresses this challenge and helps strengthen L.A.’s workforce and economy.”

“By providing our youth with job readiness training, HIRE LA’s Youth not only gives young people in Los Angeles employment opportunities they may not have had, but it also gives them a sense of confidence as they enter the workforce that they can succeed,” said Charlie Woo, President, Workforce Investment Board (WIB).

HIRE LA’s Youth thanks its sponsors AT&T, Vons and Southern California Edison for their continuous support and involvement that help make the program possible.

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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit

The Workforce Investment Board, a 51-member panel, is made up of volunteers from private industry and business. The work of the WIB is to develop, in concert with the Mayor and City Council, policy and strategy to ensure business has access to a trained workforce and workers have access to quality jobs.

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