YWCA GLA strives to meet community needs in Greater Los Angeles through our Empowerment Centers located throughout the city. Each location houses various programs including:
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING — YWCA GLA has been administrating the Los Angeles Job Corps Program since 1965. Job Corps is the nation’s largest residential and educational training program for homeless, emancipated, and at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24. The program is comprised of Academic Training, Vocational Training, Social/Employability Skills Training, comprehensive health care, social services, and employment/housing placement.
Another component of our Workforce Development programming, is the Digital Learning Academy, which opened in 2015. This Academy and social enterprise venture was established as an innovative workforce development program that helps train prospective talent in the latest high‐demand skills required for the technology industry.
Additionally, Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) announced its partnership with YWCA Greater Los Angeles on our newest Workforce Readiness Residential Program AB12, which officially opened on November 15, 2016. YWCA Greater Los Angeles will provide Residential Living and Services for non-minor dependents ages (18-21) at our Hollywood Studio Club. The AB12 Workforce Readiness Residential Program will prepare aged-out foster youth in: Vocational Training, Career Training, Financial Literacy, Life Skills, and Supportive Services.
SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS SERVICES — Seeking to improve the quality of life for those victimized by sexual assault, this program strives to expand awareness in the community on issues related to sexual violence. Services include accompaniment, advocacy, community education, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention along with a 24-hour crisis hotline, prevention education, self-defense, and the ‘Clothesline Project’.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT — Affordable child development program that serves low-income families in which parents work or attend school. This free program benefits both children and parents by providing safe, developmentally-oriented child care and parenting education.
YOUTH PROGRAMS — Contracting with numerous collaborating agencies allows the YWCA to provide comprehensive services to at-risk youth and their families. This free program is comprised of three major components: Academic Assistance, Enrichment, and Recreation.
SENIOR ENGAGEMENT — Hundreds of seniors from these communities join activities that focus on three main areas: Social, Education, and Health/Fitness. With the second largest elderly population in the country, the need for strong senior programs in Los Angeles is apparent.