UNITE-LA launches virtual platform to help youth build skills in the middle of pandemic

As many businesses and organizations adapt to the "new normal," UNITE-LA is similarly reimagining some of its work to ensure youth are able to become successful, productive, future members of the workforce. UNITE-LA has partnered with Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation (CSOD Foundation) to enhance virtual workforce development and programming through their new online learning initiative called WorkforceReady.

The six-week curriculum focuses on developing essential hard and soft skills, including time management, creative problem solving, resume building, communication development and professional relationship building. In May, UNITE-LA launched this online professional development platform with 224 participating youth with the support of 14 partnering organizations, including Charles Drew University, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, SHINE Program, L.A. Promise Fund, Upward Bound, New Earth and First Place for Youth.

UNITE-LA will have the opportunity to soar to new heights with professional virtual learning tools that will provide youth with the essential skills needed and valued in the real world and will position them for their next job and/or career move. The team will continue to work with partners in the region to take advantage of this new professional development tool for youth during the summer of COVID-19. 

For more information, contact UNITE-LA’s Sr. Manager of Business- Education Partnerships, Geraldine Contreras-Jaimerena, at gjaimerena@unitela.com.

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