L.A. connecting youth with jobs via new ‘Angeleno Corps’

FILE - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti outside the U.S. Capitol on May 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES (KNX) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is investing in young Angelenos, with the launch of “Angeleno Corps,” a paid 10-month program that will offer 400 people from areas heavily impacted by COVID-19 to earn a paycheck while gaining work experience.

“Investing in young people is key to our L.A. comeback,” Garcetti said in a statement. “With the Angeleno Corps program, we are providing young Angelenos with a path to pursue their career goals — and the opportunity to help their communities recover and thrive.”

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The program is an “intensive service, support, and education program designed to engage young Angelenos in community recovery efforts in neighborhoods most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to Garcetti, who said all participants will earn a $1,000 monthly stipend for their service.

Corps members will serve in one of four recovery and equity priority areas education and child care, health equity and environmental justice, digital equity, and family immigration assistance.

“The City of Los Angeles has partnered with 38 community organizations to offer a variety of experiences to program participants,” Garcetti’s team said in a statement. “Kedren Community Health Center will host 25 of these corps members who will be providing support on primary care and its mobile COVID-19 vaccination and testing efforts.”

The Angeleno Corps is funded through the fiscal year 2021-2022 Adopted Budget, the Justice Budget.

“Through this program, historically disadvantaged communities will receive much needed opportunities not readily available to them,” the statement continued.

“Applicants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, who have experienced housing insecurity, and those enrolled in either of the LACCD campuses were given priority acceptance into the program.

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