The Los Angeles County Department of Economic Opportunity has created a program that will pay the salaries for eligible interns, age 17 to 24, as they work for businesses or nonprofit organizations in certain fields.

The Youth@Work Elevate program will provide 500 of LA County’s foster youth, individuals experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ+, and justice impacted youth, ages 17-24, with 400 hours of personal enrichment training, paid mentoring and work experience with high-growth and emerging sector employers, including hospitality, trade and logistics, advance manufacturing, IT, and health care, while earning $16.04 an hour.

The first cohort of Youth@Work Elevate will launch on Sept. 26. Interested youth can submit their interest form by visiting www.bit.ly/YouthElevate.

Eligibility criteria:

• LA County Resident

• Ages 17-24

• Right to Work

• Unemployed, seeking employment

• Selective Service registration required 

   for males 18+

• One of the following targeted demographics:

• Current or Former foster youth.

• Identifies as LGBTQ+

• Current or previous experience with 

   homelessness

• Justice impacted youth, including direct 

   involvement with the justice system or chil

   dren of parents with justice system

    involvement.

Los Angeles County is also recruiting employers from high-growth sectors with a commitment to evaluate participants for hire after completion of the program. Businesses interested in participating as a worksite can visit bit.ly/ElevateOurYouth to learn more and apply to become a host employer.

Targeted sectors include:

• Healthcare

• Infrastructure

• Trade and logistics

• E-commerce

• Transportation and warehousing

• Advanced manufacturing

• Entertainment and creative arts

• Informational technology

• Hospitality

Anyone with questions regarding the county’s new Youth@Work Elevate program is encouraged to email elevateyouth@opportunity.lacounty.gov.

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