2018 Summer Youth Job Corps

Meet members of our 2018 EXPO Center Summer Youth Job Corps(SYJC) cohort. The Friends of EXPO Center has hired 40 interns, whom have been selected and have attended an orientation night. Along with the orientation, interns and their parents will attend a SYJC Parent Night, and two paid training sessions prior to the start of the internship. The Natural History Museum will continue to partner with the Friends of EXPO, and has hired 20 interns for this summer.

We have also developed two new exciting partnerships for this summer. We are excited to place two interns at the California African American Museum(CAAM), and two interns at Community Services Unlimited(CSU). Interns placed at CAAM will become museum docents, and will work within the production, marketing, and gallery curation departments. Community Services Unlimited(CSU) manages and operates the EXPO Center Urban Farm/Garden. They are also currently building South LA’s first organic grocery store located at 65th and Vermont. Interns placed at CSU will work with their team on marketing, entrepreneurship, and will learn about healthy nutrition, and Farm to Table programs.

Teen Leadership Culmination Dinner

The EXPO Center Teen Leadership Culmination dinner took place on Monday, March 12. Our special guest and Board Member, Councilman Curren Price, helped celebrate the graduation of 120 teens from this eight-week program. Teens learn critical college and employment readiness skills such as writing a resume, executing a job search, completing an application, interviewing skills, and office etiquette. During the month of April, the graduates will begin interviewing for our Summer Youth Job Corps internship program. The Friends completely fund this program and will provide salary stipends to 40 teens this summer. Our partners at the Natural History Museum will hire 20 teens to intern at their site. This year we have budgeted $108,000 to support this vital program.