HIRE LA’s Youth

The City’s youth employment initiative coordinates public and private resources to expand job opportunities for L.A.’s next generation of talent.

Key Impact

Doubled the Hire LA Youth program participants to 20,000 youth hires by 2020.

The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles provides support, working with the City’s Employment & Workforce Development Department to coordinate additional private contributions and public resources in support of youth employment efforts. HIRE LA’s Youth offers students and young adults between the ages of 14 and 24 job training, workforce skills development, and employment opportunities within the private sector. HIRE LA’s Youth gives many of its participants their first exposure to a formal work environment. Summer employment means positive activity while students are out of school and lots of valuable work experience for the future.

Since it began in 2013, HIRE LA’s Youth has placed more than 43,000 young people in summer jobs. As one of his first promises in office, Mayor Eric Garcetti pledged to offer 10,000 jobs to eligible youth in the summer of 2014. In 2016, the program surpassed its goal of 15,000 youth employed and met the goal of hiring 20,000 young people for year-round employment by 2020.

For more information:  https://www.hirelayouth.com/

Issue Area

Education & Workforce Development, Youth


LA City Employment & Workforce Development Department
Los Angeles Worksource Centers
Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board


Partial List
Cities For Financial Empowerment Fund Inc.
Goldman Sachs Gives
The Walt Disney Co.

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  • This innovative, tech-driven pilot provides young people with new ways to access employers and build long-term career paths, breaking the cycle of poverty.

  • The 2014 LA Summer of Learning (SOL) program transformed the City into a campus of learning for our most underserved youth.

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