Employer Partners

Connecting Employers with New Pools of Quality Talent

LA:RISE (the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise) offers employers direct access to a local pool of job-ready candidates—along with the resources to help them succeed, advance, and thrive long term. We’re recruiting forward-looking companies for our Employer Partner Program that understand the power of a job to transform a life, and recognize the potential of people who have overcome great adversity, including those who have experienced homelessness and incarceration, as well as young people disconnected from school and work.

Employer Partner Interest Form

If you are interested in becoming an LA:RISE employer partner, please tell us more about your company here.

How It Works

After working in a transitional job at the employment social enterprise and leveraging training and services from the workforce development agency, individuals are placed into jobs in the private sector, public-sector within the City and County of LA, or in vocational training programs. Upon placement, the individual is matched with a retention partner who works with them for up to one year, acting as a safety net in case barriers emerge on their path to self-sufficiency.

Watch this video to learn more about how LA:RISE works:

Take the LA:RISE Employer Partner Pledge 

Join other leading companies in hiring skilled, entry-level talent from LA:RISE and foster a diverse workforce while honoring your core values of equity, anti-racism, and economic opportunity here:

  • As an employer partner, I pledge to:
  • Be open to hiring people who are striving to overcome employment barriers
  • Offer employment opportunities with the potential for upward mobility
  • Promote a supportive and inclusive work culture in which employees thrive
  • Join a community of forward-thinking employers who have helped thousands of Angelenos get jobs and build a better life
  • Help spread awareness by sharing our success stories
  • By taking this pledge, as an employer, you are joining local and national employers that believe in equitable and fair chance employment.
  • Thank you for taking the pledge! Someone will contact you within 72 hours.

Previous and current LA:RISE employer partners

Arriving at the LA LGBT Center, Elana immediately felt welcome and comfortable with staff and participants who also identify as LGBT. She knew that their culinary social enterprise was the perfect fit to help her find full-time employment and secure stable housing. She developed communication and time management skills, built confidence, and learned transferrable kitchen skills.

After enrolling in the LA:RISE program at Goodwill of Southern California, Ralph began his transitional employment while also completing Goodwill’s Leadership Academy and the Retail Federation Foundation’s Customer Service Training program. Ralph was recently hired to a full-time Retail Associate role at Goodwill and is pursuing his goals of owning his own vehicle and maintaining stable housing.

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