Para Los Niños recognizes that the best path to higher lifelong earnings is a good education and consistent work experience. In partnership with the City of Los Angeles’ Economic and Workforce Development Department and LAUSD, Para Los Niños reengages disconnected youth back to school and the workforce, encouraging and motivating youth ages 16-24 to stay or re-engage in school and the workforce.

What We Do

We provide seamless, integrated and comprehensive academic, workforce and post-secondary education preparation and training, including paid and unpaid work experience, basic skills training, computer literacy, mentoring, career counseling, job placement, case management, assistance to in meeting graduation and admission requirements, as well as applying for financial aid and scholarships.

We Offer:

YWS offers linkage to after-school tutoring, art workshops, music workshops, leadership building events, college visits, SAT preparation classes, peer and adult mentoring, and field trips — services provided by our center and partner agency programs or local businesses. Para Los Niños has also been able to expand the scope of its services to youth as young as 14 through our paid work experience program

Serving Los Angeles’ Youth

By Yesenia Capellino, Program Manager, Youth Workforce Services
For the past six years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many Los Angeles youth through my role at Para Los Niños, Youth Workforce Services.

PLN has two Youth Workforce Services centers: one in MacArthur Park, and one in East LA.


youth received intensive case management


youth received a paid internship (88,870 hours totaling $1,333,050)


of students in college success program remained in school


of students in our college access program received a high school diploma or equivalent

Want to learn more? 

If you are ages 16-24 and are interested in a work internship or re-engaging back into school, please call us at (213) 413-1466.

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