Community Celebrates YWCA Greater Los Angeles Job Corps Urban Campus

Community Celebrates YWCA Greater Los Angeles Job Corps Urban Campus

Campus Will Be Prototype for Job Corps Programs Across the Country


Community Celebrates YWCA Greater Los Angeles Job Corps Urban Campus

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    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16
With the help of
a few key partners, the YWCA Greater
Los Angeles
(YWCA GLA) and its LA
Job Corps
program have successfully embarked upon building a new Urban
Campus which will be the prototype for Job Corps programs around the country.




    Last Thursday, February 11th, the YWCA GLA hosted the Los Angeles Job Corps Urban Campus
Construction Celebration
to thank the entities that contributed to the
success of the YWCA GLA’s Job Corps Urban Campus building.  A capacity crowd of Job Corps students,
elected officials, corporate partners and community friends attended the event,
including Congresswoman Diane Watson and City Councilmember Jan Perry.  Faye
, YWCA Greater Los Angeles CEO said, “Thank you all
walking this journey with me.  It took
us seven years to bring the Urban Campus dream to fruition but the impact will
yield triple net benefits for the students, the downtown business community and
the Los Angeles community at large, generation after generation after


    The Urban Campus project is the recipient of an $82 million
stimulus grant from the United States Department of Labor, which will fund a 20
year lease agreement for the new building. The project funded with various
resources, leveraged $70 million in new market tax credits from organizations,
which partly funded the project’s construction costs, including Bank of
America, JP Morgan Chase, Enterprise Community Investment and LISC and the Los
Angeles Development Fund (LADF), managed by the Community Redevelopment Agency
of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA). 
“We view our partnership with LADF, LISC and Enterprise as prime
examples of how Chase partners with organizations in serving low-income
communities.”  said Matthew
Reilein, Division Manager, New Markets Tax Credit Group, JPMorgan Chase.  “This project reinforces the need for
the New Markets Tax Credit program. 
Chase is proud to be part of the YWCA transaction and looks forward to
its successful completion.”


    The project will produce over 900 jobs, including 60 jobs
dedicated to train job corps students on the construction of the new
building.  “We congratulate the
YWCA of Los Angeles, the Department of Labor, and their many partners who
helped make the development of this new facility possible,” said Maria
Barry, Community Development Banking executive. “Economic development is
an important priority for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and we are pleased that
we were able to leverage our capabilities and expertise to support this
job-creation effort.”


    The campus will benefit the Los Angeles Job Corps center and the
population served. LAJC provides residential and non-residential programming at
no cost to homeless, emancipated, and at-risk youth ages 16-24. Currently, 735
participants are served daily, of which 380 are residents and 355 are
non-residents. Annually, approximately 1,200 youth are served (60% female and
40% male population), and it is estimated that 65% of residents in the program
are homeless or at risk of homelessness. “As part of our $700 million
commitment to the city of Los Angeles, Enterprise is pleased to help finance
this state-of-the-art facility that will offer much needed services, training
and homes to at-risk youth,” said Jeff Schaffer, vice president and Los
Angeles Impact Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners. “Our mission
is to help people to move up and out of poverty, and the YWCA Job Corps
training program gives young people valuable tools and the housing needed to
make that happen.”


    The Job Corps Urban Campus is being constructed to replace old
and outdated service facilities, many of which were built in the 1920’s. In
addition, the Urban Campus will create a “campus” environment where
core Job Corps services are consolidated in one centralized area. It will bring
together all residents under one roof (currently being housed at Studio Club in
Hollywood and Case Hotel building in downtown LA), contain all medical and
supportive services, as well as house the YWCA Administrative Offices.
“CRA/LA has worked with Faye Washington and her team since 2003 when we
provided $2 million to purchase this site with complete faith that one day the
vision for the YWCA Urban Campus would become a reality,” said Calvin
Hollis, Interim CEO of CRA/LA and President of LADF. “This project
demonstrates what can be accomplished with creativity, perseverance and
private/ public partnerships such as the New Markets Tax Credits program,”
Hollis added.


    The Urban Campus is specifically designed to improve trainee
success by removing barriers and through facilitating a more streamlined
service delivery model. The new campus will also allow for much needed space
and service capacity increases, most importantly by increasing residential
capacity and vastly expanding the health facilities.


    Now under construction, the Urban Campus is centered in the
heart of downtown Los Angeles’ South Park business district. The seven story,
154,000 square foot building will contain a state of the art library, computer
lab, modernized medical and dental clinic and infirmary, classrooms and
residential units for 400 students. The YWCA GLA has served the LA area since
1894 and began administering the Los Angeles Job Corps Program in 1965. Job
Corps employs a holistic career development training model that integrates the
teaching of academic, vocational, employability skills, social competencies and
wellness/health services. 


    “I commend Faye Washington, CEO of YWCA of Greater Los
Angeles, and her entire team for their vision, dedication, commitment and
perseverance in making the dream of a new Urban Job Corps Campus in the heart
of Downtown Los Angeles a reality,” said Congresswoman Lucille
Roybal-Allard (CA-34), who represents Downtown and worked to facilitate the
project on the federal level. “Under Faye’s able leadership, the YWCA of
Greater LA runs the Job Corps program for the Los Angeles Area, which has
trained hundreds of successful young men and women for entry into the area’s
workforce. With struggling schools and high school dropout rates exceeding 50
percent in major cities such as Los Angeles, Job Corps is a proven lifeline for
young adults eager for a second chance and an opportunity to reach their
educational goals. I am especially proud that, when complete, the new urban
campus will serve as a prototype for other urban centers around the


    Event photos available on Getty Images/WireImage.  Photo credit Arnold Turner.


    About YWCA Job
Corps Urban Campus



—————–               ———

Bank of
America Merrill Lynch   YWCA Greater Los

Federal Bank, Member,  Faye Washington,

 FHL Bank of San Francisco   

California Endowment

Chase                           Architects

Redevelopment Agency  ———-

 the City of Los Angeles        Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Inc.


 Investment, Inc.

Authority of the County General Contractor

 of Los Angeles                 ——————

Initiatives Support       PCL
Construction Services, Inc.


Angeles Development Fund

State of
California, Prop 1C    Construction

U.S. Department
of Commerce,    ———————–

 Economic Development Agency    Redstone Project Management, Inc.

Department of Labor

& Dame Development    

Greater Los Angeles        Construction


                                Type 1

Details                154,000 Square

—————-                LEED Registered

building equipped with 

 Wi-Fi access                  

Amphitheater                    Project Team

Classrooms                      ————

Kitchen and          Tom Boccia,

 Cafeteria                      Brian Chin, Brian Chin Consulting

    Computer Laboratory with WIFI   Eugene Cowan, Esq. and Nichole

Center                Berklas, Esq.
(Bocarsly, Emden, Cowan,

Library                          Esmail, Parker)

clinics and      Mike Kodama, Mike
Kodama Consulting

 Infirmary                      Debbie & Kim LaFranchi, SDS

units for 400 Job   David Nahas, Veloce

 Corps participants             Howard Parelskin, Kennerly Lamishaw &


                                Phil Sample
& Chris Carras, Grubb &


                                John Whitaker,
DLA Piper Rudnick



    About Job
Corps Program

    The YWCA Greater
Los Angeles (YWCA/GLA) has been administering the Job Corps program in Los
Angeles since 1965 on behalf of the United States Department of Labor.  This program is the nation’s largest and
most comprehensive education, vocational and social skills training
program.  Job Corps employs a holistic
career development training model that integrates the teaching of academic,
vocational, employability skills, social competencies and wellness/health
services. The LAJCC is currently operated out of six buildings in downtown Los
Angeles around South Hill Street and West 11th Street with an additional
residential facility in Hollywood.  The
average length of the participation program is 10 months, though trainees may
be enrolled up to 24 months, depending upon need.


    About the
YWCA Greater Los Angeles

    The YWCA/GLA has
served the Los Angeles community since 1894. It is a women’s membership
movement built on the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Each
year more than 60,000 individuals a year are served by the YWCA/GLA through
various programs including affordable child-care, after school youth programs,
the LAJC and the Sexual Assault Crisis Service. For more information, visit


The YWCA Greater Los Angeles

Community Celebrates YWCA Greater Los Angeles Job Corps Urban Campus