UNITE-LA supports youth with access to critical entry-level job preparation, training and work experience through L.A. Youth at Work (LAYAW), which serves as a stepping stone to high-skill, high-wage employment. The proven and successful LAYAW program, begun in 1996, was built on working with students in person. The COVID-19 pandemic required us to reimagine our work to best serve youth in a virtual environment. In May 2020, UNITE-LA launched WorkforceReady, an innovative, virtual program, in partnership with Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation. WorkforceReady consists of a six-week curriculum offering weekly online video or discussion-board activity-based modules. The learning pathways and course selections are designed to help youth develop the essential, non-technical soft skills that will promote their success in the workplace; curriculum content decisions were informed by UNITE-LA's partner employers. A year later, we reflected on this work and invite you to review our complete WorkforceReady Outcomes Report.
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