The Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) has opened a Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Center, sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD), in South los Angeles.

The youth center is overseen by EWDD and is one of 14 centers citywide that offers educational and career readiness services for disconnected youth ages 16 to 24 years who are neither in school nor working. CRCD, in partnership with All Peoples Community Center and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, operate the center. CRCD works with Clifford Beers Housing to operate the historic 28th Street YMCA, where the YouthSource will be housed, to bring free services to the area’s most vulnerable.

‘With almost one-third of the population in Council District 9 under the age of 18, it is imperative that we create programs our youth need to thrive,’ said Councilman Curren Price. ‘I am delighted that we can implement services like those being offered at the Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Center because it positively impacts the lives of our young adults, giving them the tools and resources they need to fulfill their true potential. I want our youth to know they are a priority and the City of Los Angeles is investing in you because you are critical to the stabilization of future generations.’

Among the free services and opportunities available at the youth center are:

• High school diploma support

• Paid job training

• Access to tutoring

• Mentoring/counseling

• College preparation

• Job skills training

• Career exploration

• Work readiness

‘As the city partner to the Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Center, we are very excited about the renewed resources for young people to get back in school, to strengthen their skill set and help them and their families feel supported,’ said Jan Perry, EWDD general manager. Perry formerly served on the Los Angeles City Council representing the Ninth District.

Individuals who enroll in the program will have the opportunity to work with CRCD to develop a strategy to find a job and further their education through strong partnerships with key employers and post-secondary institutions. The Vernon-Central Network WorkSource Center is operated by CRCD and provides workforce training and job placement.

For more details, visit coalitionrcd.org or ewddlacity.com.