Job Training

“Most of my job applications require experience in Microsoft Excel and Word, and I’ve never worked with either of them.” – 18-year-old


Don’t get discouraged if you call one of the referral numbers and learn they can’t help you. Ask them to direct you to an agency that can. Sometimes it’s a matter of where you live, and they can put you in touch with an agency near you that offers programs similar to theirs.


Also, try asking your school counselor about JTPA-funded programs (Job Training Partnership Act).These programs include a learning experience program (which is a paid job for which you get school credit); summer employment programs; and other job opportunities. Also available through your school are Regional Occupational Programs (ROP).


Almost all cities offer a Summer Youth Employment Program, and many cities offer year-round job training and/or placement programs. Ask at your school, or call 213-744-9090 to request a copy of the current JTPA Contractors Listing published by the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department (Private Industry Council, Youth & Employment Service Division). This lists all the agencies that offer job training and job placement programs. In Riverside County, call 888-968-8456 for the Learn & Earn Program.


Some questions to ask yourself before beginning the job search are:

  • What do I like to do and what do I do well?
  • How will I get to and from a job?
  • How many hours and days a week can I work?
  • What are my skills? (e.g. computer skills, photography, auto repair, typing?)
  • Do I have any extra-curricular school activities or hobbies that could help my chances of getting a job?

To learn about job openings, try the classified section of the newspaper, bulletin boards at schools and community centers, consult with your guidance counselor or school related personnel and, of course, ask family members and friends.

Any kind of job or volunteer work will introduce you to adults who can recommend you to a future employer. The important thing is to get some valuable experience that will help you to show future employers that you have what it takes to be a mature and responsible employee.

In order to start working, you will need a social security number. It’s easy to get one by calling the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 to request an application. Or you can pick one up at the Social Security Office nearest you. To find an office close to you, look in the Phone Book in the Government Pages, United States.


Cal Works (Greater Avenue for Independence Program) (Riverside County)

Education and training for individuals receiving public assistance, child care.  GAIN Program job search. 

Riverside, CA

M-F 8:30 - 4:30pm


California Conservation Corps

LA office: 213-744-2248

Also 909-594-4206 (SoCal, 916-341-3100

(headquarters in Sacramento)

For 18-25 year olds. Fire fighting and conservation training. Also gives college credit. CA residency required, charter schools to get high school diploma. Paid stipend for 1 year commitment

1719 24th St,
Sacramento, CA 95816

M-F 8am-4pm


CalWORKS (Greater Avenue for Independence Program)

Education and training for individuals receiving public assistance, child care. GAIN Program job search. Serving Riverside.

Riverside, CA

M-Th 7:30am-5:30pm & F 8am-5pm


Chinatown Service Center

Job skills training and job placement. Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, and English spoken.

767 N Hill St,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

M-F 8:30am-5pm



East L.A. Skills Center

FREE vocational skills classes and placement. English classes. GED classes. Bilingual.

East Los Angeles, CA

M-F 8am-4pm


East Valley Community Health Center West Covina

Mental health counseling, job training resources, legal assistance, medical and dental assistance, pregnancy/birth control/family planning services, and sexuality/sexually transmitted diseases for teens.

Other office: 1555 S Garey Ave #680, Pomona, (909)-620-8088

420 South Glendora Avenue,
West Covina, CA 91790

M-Th 8am - 7pm & F 8am - 5pm & Sat 8am-2pm

(626) 919-4333

El Centro del Pueblo

Job placement program, counseling, youth services. Silverlake, Echo Park area.

Los Angeles, CA

M-F 8:30am-5pm


El Proyecto del Barrio

Youth Program. S.F. Valley residents only. FREE classes on interviewing, job-finding; also job placement, GED information. Serves 18+. Bilingual.

9024 Laurel Canyon Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 91352

M-F 8am-5pm



Job Corps

Provides career technical training and education programs



Year-round job training programs, career planning, internships/work experience and job placement assistance.

6505 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90048




LifeWorks is the youth development and mentoring program of the LA LGBT Center. They offer one-on-one, peer, and group mentoring opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth ages 12-24. Lifeworks’ goal is to help LGBTQ youth to realize their goals and dreams with a safe space, positive and affirming role models, and workshops & activities that are fun and educational. Check out their website to see all of the programs they offer! Youth Space: T-F 3pm-6pm.

1125 N McCadden Pl,
Los Angeles, CA 90038

M-F 9am-6pm


Los Angeles Conservation Corps

Provides at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.

PO Box 15868,
Los Angeles, CA 90015

M-F 7:30am-5pm



Marina del Rey Worksource Center

Santa Monica office: 310-829-7327
Santa Monica Office: 2011 Colorado Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404.
Year-round job training programs, career planning, internships/work experience & job placement assistance.



New Directions for Youth

Job training and placement (JTPA). After school tutoring, parenting classes in Spanish/English, life skills. Serves San Fernando Valley. Services are free.

7315 Lankershim Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 91605

M-Th 8am-8pm & F 8am-5pm & Sat-Sun 11am-2pm


The Simple Dollar Employment Guide

Free online employment guide that provides a road map of the job-search process. Learn about key job search methods and access helpful career development tools.

The Work of Angels Group Inc.

Works with youth who are transitioning out of foster care. Offer Mentorship, Academic support, Career development, Counseling.

2201 East Madison Street,
Seattle, WA 98112

M-Th 9am-5pm


Volunteer Center of Los Angeles

Assists in finding volunteer work and provides referrals to court referred community service.

1370 N St Andrews Pl,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

M-F 9am-5pm



Job referrals, peer counseling, job search. Programs for at-risk teens. Requirement of school enrollment. Office does not offer youth counselors but can meet ones from Crenshaw office if scheduled. Crenshaw office: (323) 290-5100

Los Angeles, CA

M-F 8am-5pm


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