LOS ANGELES, June 9 /PRNewswire/ --
Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Jane Oates will visit YWCA Greater Los Angeles (GLA) Job Corps to meet the students, tour the facility and see the construction site for the new YWCA GLA Job Corps Urban Campus.
The YWCA GLA Job Corps program employs a holistic career development training model that integrates the teaching of academic, vocational, employability skills, social competencies. The program provides residential and non-residential programming at no cost to homeless, emancipated, and at-risk youth ages 16-24. Approximately 1,200 youth are served annually (60% female and 40% male). It is estimated that 65% of residents in the program are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The Urban Campus project is the recipient of an $82 million stimulus grant from the United States Department of Labor, which will fund a 20 year lease agreement for the new building. The project funded with various resources, leveraged $70 million in new market tax credits from organizations, which partly funded the project's construction costs, including Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Enterprise Community Investment and LISC and the Los Angeles Development Fund (LADF), managed by the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA).
The YWCA GLA Job Corps Urban Campus, now under construction, is centered in the heart of downtown Los Angeles' South Park business district and will serve the needs of the YWCA Job Corps students. The seven story, 154,000 square foot building will contain a state of the art library, computer lab, modernized medical and dental clinic and infirmary, classrooms and residential units for 400 students. Slated to be completed by fall 2011, the Job Corps Urban Campus is being constructed to replace old and outdated service facilities, many of which were built in the 1920s. The new facility will create a "campus" environment where core Job Corps services are consolidated in one centralized area. It will bring together all residents under one roof (currently being housed at Studio Club in Hollywood and Case Hotel building in downtown LA), contain all medical and supportive services, as well as house the YWCA Administrative Offices. The campus will serve as the prototype to be replicated in other urban centers around the country.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 9:30am – 12:30pm
1031 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
SOURCE The YWCA Greater Los Angeles