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Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce – Summer Youth Employment Initiative

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent regional business advocacy organizations, representing more than 1,600 companies. Education and workforce development are among the L.A. Chamber’s key priorities.

In 2011, the L.A. Chamber received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to provide summer employment opportunities and job readiness training for underserved 16- to 21-year olds in Los Angeles. The L.A. Chamber partnered with other civic and non-profit organizations to serve nearly 500 youth in the summer of 2011.

The L.A. Chamber engaged Informing Change to evaluate the implementation of the 2011 Summer Youth Employment Initiative. Informing Change reviewed relevant materials and conducted interviews with key informants, including staff of all the agencies that implemented the program. We also administered a survey of youth participants to assess their satisfaction with the program and record their current educational and employment status. The report informs the field by highlighting several “best practices” that increase the program’s value and impact. It also includes a set of recommendations to the L.A. Chamber for future program improvements.