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Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce – HIRE LA’s Youth

HIRE LA’s Youth, a division of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, prepares youth to earn and retain entry-level employment. Their multi-step Work Readiness Certification (WRC) process helps youth improve their resumes and job skills and includes a job application process and mock interview with real employers.

HIRE LA’s Youth asked Informing Change to assess the impact of a WRC certificate on job attainment for youth. We surveyed nearly 2,000 WRC participants about their employment history and demographics, as well as their ideas on how HIRE LA’s Youth could better support youth employment.

The evaluation findings support HIRE LA’s Youth’s hypothesis that early exposure to labor market experiences can lead to increased educational and earnings attainment.