D-Fenders Partake in L.A. Community Event

Downtown Los Angeles- On Wednesday September 23rd, two representatives of the Los Angeles D-Fenders attended the Culmination Ceremony for the Summer Youth Employment Program, put on by the City and County of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The WIB, in partnership with Employment Development Department and Community Career Development acknowledged over 100 youth who completed a total of 140 hours of meaningful work with minimum wage compensation. The youth were required to be between the age of 14 and 24, must live in Los Angeles and be members of families whose income meets the Federal Poverty Guidelines/Lower Living Standard Income Levels (LILSIL). Aside from employment, these youth gained access to services such as, tutoring, mentoring, basic skills remediation, SAT preparation, financial literacy workshops, and career exploration. Moreover, the program initiates a positive future for youth in the Los Angeles County.

The Los Angeles D-Fenders participated in this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program by donating 350 tickets for their January 3rd game at Staples Center, versus Rio Grande Valley. Each student who took part in the Summer Youth Employment Program received 3 tickets for the January 3rd game; one for each participant plus two guest tickets. In addition, the D-Fenders sent two representatives on behalf of the organization to present special opportunities to two distinguished youth in the program. One notable individual, Dominique Williams was offered the position of Los Angeles D-Fenders Team Assistant and Ball Boy for the 2009-10 season. Another outstanding participant, Jacqueline Johnson was offered a Los Angeles D-Fenders Game Night Internship for the 2009-10 season. The Los Angeles D-Fenders are proud to congratulate the participants of the Summer Youth Employment Program for their hard work and dedication, and encourage them to continue striving for success in their future.

LAPD Deputy Chief, Terry Hara speaks to the audience.    Actor and Humanitarian, LeJon Stewert poses with SYEP teens.

“Thank you for your generous donation of 350 tickets and for supporting the County's SYEP and Hire LA’s Youth Program. The highlight of the event, for me was the look on Jacqueline Johnson’s face when you announced the internship opportunity for the Los Angeles D-Fenders. This is a wonderful opportunity for a very determined and enthused young lady who has displayed a great deal of maturity… she will grow tremendously from this experience.”

               -Shelley Wax, Special Projects Director/Grant Writer, Community Career Development, Inc./Wilshire Metro WorkSource Center

“This [Summer Youth Employment Program] is important for our adult population and youth. We are especially grateful that the LA D-Fenders stepped up this summer to employ one of our summer youth workers, Dominique Williams and to offer an internship to another impressive youth worker, Jacqueline Johnson. This underscores the success of our youth employment programs that make young people ‘job ready’ and also means that the LA D-Fenders are not just a business; the team is a pivotal partner in Keeping LA Working.”

               -Gregg Irish, Executive Director, City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board