HHYP Community Partner Luncheon – April 29, 2015
Our Education & Employment Workgroup hosted a Community Partner Luncheon on April 29, 2015. One of the HHYP’s desired outcomes is to connect youth experiencing homelessness with employment opportunities that allow them to visualize a greater future for themselves. One of the ways we do this is by identifying and outreaching to employers, educators, and trainers in our community that are interested in partnering with HHYP agencies.
HHYP agencies welcomed community partners to learn about our organizations and services we provide to youth.
Our event took place at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza (LA LGBT Center), where we hosted over a dozen community partners. Guests were invited to interact with our agencies, including our resident employment specialists who help prepare the youth for employment. During lunch, we hosted a panel of various speakers – employers who have partnered with HHYP agencies in the past, employment specialists, and youth themselves. Our speakers shared their experiences with connecting our youth to employment, both the challenges and successes.
Thank you to the LA LGBT Center for providing a beautiful outdoor space for our event!
Overall, we have received a great response from local business and job training leaders. We hope to continue to cultivate our relationships with our partners, so we can work together to help young people increase their capacity to support themselves and avoid future homelessness.