Workforce Development for Youth

Offering services and pathways to jobs for youth

At CRCD, we believe that education and workforce development go hand-in-hand. When we talk about workforce development that encompasses the ability to have access to an education and learn valuable skill sets that will, in turn, lead to family sustaining wages.


Youth served


High School Diplomas and Credentials earned


Education/Employment Placements


Wages Earned

CRCD Workforce Development for Youth programs provide a unique focus on youth, ages 16-24, who are out of work and out of school and may face challenges that traditional institutions cannot accommodate. Our youth programs offer paid work experience and training, education, and leadership development to successfully transition to meaningful careers pathways, advanced training, or college. Our team provides 1-on-1 support to remove individual barriers to success while providing a family atmosphere and a safe environment.

The Workforce Development for Youth department at CRCD offers an array of programs that ensure youth and young adults are prepared to enter the community as educated, skilled, and ready to thrive. We are here to help young people in South LA with whatever they need to succeed by meeting them where they are. 

Click here to learn more about our approach to intentionally serving opportunity youth in South LA.


South LA YouthBuild and AmeriCorps

CRCD serves as the lead agency for the South LA YouthBuild and AmeriCorps programs. Youth ages 16–24 earn a high school diploma through the South LA YouthBuild program at the CRCD Academy. With love and respect, we partner with opportunity youth to build the skillsets and mindsets that lead to lifelong learning, livelihood, and leadership. 

AmeriCorps Members have the unique opportunity to provide community service, and earn educational awards/scholarships. CRCD provides intensive case management, support services, leadership, career placement services, with follow-up support for continued success.

YouthBuild’s global vision is a world where all young people are seen for their potential, and power to transform themselves and their communities. 

VCN YouthSource Center

CRCD serves as lead agency for the VCN YouthSource Center — the first of its kind in Vernon-Central. The YouthSource Center is a partnership of CRCD, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, LA Conservation Corps, and All Peoples Community Center to connect young people to education, leadership, community service, career path training, and employment opportunities. We provide intensive case management, support services, placement, and follow-up for continued success. 

Summer Youth Employment Program

The Summer Youth Employment Program operates year round to provide youth ages 14-21 an opportunity to earn while they learn. The goal of the program is to introduce young people to the workplace, gain valuable employment skills and earn an income.

LA College Promise Works

The Los Angeles College Promise serves first-time, full-time college students with a comprehensive strategy to support students in completing a higher education degree and/or a workforce certification. Important aspects of the LA College Promise Works are waived tuition for the first two years of college, priority enrollment, additional financial support, and a dedicated support team providing a wide array of academic and student support services.

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CRCD Academy

CRCD Academy is an innovative high school site located on the campus of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College which offers young people ages 16–24 an expedited path to earn an accredited high school diploma. Young people enrolled in CRCD Academy have the opportunity to co-enroll in Los Angeles Trade-Technical College to study construction and earn college credits.

The CRCD Academy utilizes a project-based learning curriculum and incorporates community service, leadership, and career preparation. CRCD Academy is operated by a partnership of CRCD, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, and YouthBuild Charter School of California.

JLAG — Jobs for Los Angeles Graduates

Jobs for Los Angeles Graduates (JLAG) is part of the national network of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program designed to serve youth (ages 16–24) who have left the traditional school system and are interested in completing the requirements for a high school diploma. The primary mission of JLAG is to provide a pathway to success and jobs for youth through an array of counseling, employability and technical skills development, professional association, career development, and job placement services that will result in either a quality job leading to a career after graduation and/or enrollment in a postsecondary education and certification training program.


The Coalition for Responsible Community Development organization received a U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Pathways grant in the amount of $725,00,000, constituting 83% of the federal funding for the Jobs for Los Angeles Graduates (JLAG) program over a 57-month period. The remaining 17% of the funding for the JLAG program comes from non-governmental sources. CRCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.




Project Tipping Point

The Project Tipping Point program provides support for LA’s current and former foster youth to successfully access college through the provision of a two-year, cohort-based academic program operated in partnership with Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Program participants earn postsecondary credentials and exit prepared to pursue higher education or embark on a sustaining career path.

CURE – Alternative Sentencing & Neighborhood Justice Program

CRCD operates CURE, an alternative sentencing program, in partnership with the LA City Attorney and LA County Public Defender. In place of incarceration, nonviolent offenders ages 18–25 engage in education and training with CRCD. This prevents the harmful impact of a criminal record, which is a barrier to obtaining employment, housing, and other services. CRCD is also a pilot site for the City Attorney’s new Neighborhood Justice Program, which offers restorative justice opportunities in lieu of court.


LA:RISE Youth Academy

The LA:RISE Youth Academy program is focused on improving housing, education, and workforce outcomes for unhoused youth. The goal is to provide services that will allow youth to earn their high school diploma or GED while also receiving services to remove barriers to housing, vocational training, and work readiness. CRCD provides case management and follow up care for continued success. 

We offer the following free services for youth:

  • Free Internet Access, Computers, Printers, and Communication Tools to help with education, homework, register for classes, research scholarships, research careers, create your resumé and cover letter, and more. 
  • Academic support 
  • Internships
  • Employment support and work readiness 
  • Financial education and training

All services are free of charge to youth seeking education and employment services

Get started by downloading the pre-orientation checklist here

Attend an orientation session to learn more:

Every Monday @ 3:00 pm

Every Wednesday @ 1:00 pm

Walk-ins WELCOME

Monday – Friday 8:30 AM –5 PM

VCN YouthSource Center
1006 E 28th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011

Contact Us:
(213) 763-5951




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