Thursday, December 16, 2010

Job Training Program is a Win-Win -

Job Training Program is a Win-Win

Program pairs personal development with volunteerism to help out-of-work job seekers.

By Stephanie Colman
Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010

As area unemployment holds steady at more than 10 percent, LA Fellows, part of Valley College's Job Training department, connects out-of-work professionals and area non-profits to create a win-win situation..
"LA Fellows is a unique training program that provides job seekers with a combination of professional development and volunteerism to serve as a meaningful pathway to employment," said Valley President Sue Carleo.

The program began in September and is funded by the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department through the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board. Funding will support four sessions of thirty fellows each. More than 100 professionals applied for the first 30 openings.

Those accepted to the program receive 140 hours of training throughout seven weeks. Training is provided by Valley Job Training staff members and area executive career coaches, and includes critical thinking, resume writing, advanced computer skills, professional grant writing and generating business leads. The training is free, however participants must commit to volunteering a minimum of 100 hours with a partnering non-profit organization of their choice.

Project Coordinator Allison Deutch says placing fellows with area non-profits gives them the opportunity to participate in a real, hands-on activity where they can demonstrate initiative and leadership, and leave with a marketable experience on their resume.

"We want them to take on a project. It's not just stuffing envelopes for eight hours," Deutch said. "We work with non-profits that want (fellows) to come in and work on event planning, or work in the accounting department and doing an audit, or work on a Web site for a marketing project."

Paul Van Ast, deputy executive director for Community Career Development, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in workforce development, has nothing but praise for the three LA Fellows originally assigned to his office.

"They were great. They jumped right in and helped with paperwork, interviewing and counseling," he said. "It was a huge help. It really was a great bunch of people. I've already asked when can I get some more."

Van Ast was so impressed with one of the fellows, he offered her full-time employment at the close of her volunteer service. So far, six fellows have successfully found work since completing the program and graduating in November.

Those still looking for work now do so with a renewed sense of purpose.

"The best thing about the program is that I now have more confidence in my job search. I know I'm not alone," said first-session fellow Kimberly James. "When you're out of work, it's easy to lose motivation. I really regained my motivation with this program. It's a confidence builder."

The next session of LA Fellows begins on Jan. 24, 2011. Interested applicants must attend an orientation session in the Valley cafeteria conference room on Dec. 21 or Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. and submit an application no later than Jan. 7 at 2 p.m.
For more information, visit or call (818) 947-2941.

HELPING - The L.A. Fellows place out of work professionals into volunteer jobs.

Countdown to CAPE Soiree: Following the Fellows of CAPE - article

Countdown to CAPE Soiree: Following the Fellows of CAPE

The executive leadership program, LA Fellows, has partnered with the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment in leadership and skill training, career guidance, and volunteerism. We caught up with the three fellows as they were rolling up their sleeves on work for the annual CAPE Soiree.

Friday, November 19: 13 days and 7 hours to go
Heather Iniba, younger sister of Katherine Iniba, celebrity host of Halo Halo on La’s Channel 18, is crunched over a computer at the CAPE office. Ken Choy, who has taken over press and celebrity coordination, continuously adds to the pile of Heather’s to-do list. She scrolls through IMDB pages for contact information as well as credits in order to compile media fact sheets—who knew celebrities required so much research. In between banter about the latest Harry Potter movie, Ken asks about her interest in the entertainment industry.
Heather is a trained dancer but also has interest behind the scenes in development and production.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to be surrounded by a great group of individuals who are supportive and work hard to increase diversity in the entertainment field.”

Besides what Choy hands her, Jennifer Sanderson, Director of CAPE and other team leads for the Soiree assign the 27 year old tasks as well.
“For the Soiree, I am building and establishing relationships with new and existing In-Kind Sponsors. I am assisting with the silent auction, gift bags, ticket/membership sales and personally increasing public awareness about CAPE and the Holiday Soiree by word of mouth and through social media forms.”

We ask if she has felt the crush of having to fulfill everyone’s needs; she answers diplomatically, “I am motivated to work hard and help out in any way to help contribute to the Soiree's success.”

Saturday, November 20: 12 days and 10 hours to go.

Sharon Morgan arrives for an early morning production and volunteer meeting at a coffee shop across the street from Vibiana, the site for the Soiree, in downtown Los Angeles. In a few hours, they’ll take the group of volunteers to tour the converted church which has become one of LA’s hottest venues.
Sharon takes a moment to pause, “They are an incredible group of people who have achieved great success, and who are willing to volunteer their time and expertise to help others succeed in a very tough business. I'm honored to be associated with them.”

The notoriety and achievements of the individuals behind the scenes doesn’t stop Sharon from taking the lead on getting the volunteers oriented with the venue. While doing so, she makes mental reminders to update the team leads: Time-lapse camera (Jennifer); Tip Sheet (Ken); and on it goes.

“CAPE offers great educational classes, industry contacts, and exclusive job postings; working with CAPE has allowed me to meet people who work in a variety of roles in the business, so I can figure out where the best fit is for me.”

Roxanne V. Jackson, the third fellow, chimes in, “I’m excited about having a chance to meet with brilliant people such as Quentin Lee, Lisa Ling and Tzi Ma.”

As she rushes off to the kitchen with Ada Chan, the events planner, to finalize positions for the notable restaurants and caterers who will be offering their finest creations at the Soiree, she clarifies, “The most exciting and rewarding opportunity in working for CAPE, is that I'm surrounded around some pretty incredible people, from the Board members on down to the Intern. Not to mention, being on board and supporting the efforts of the Soiree.”

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Do Gooders Amaze: A Blog Posting from Jean Franzblau

Do Gooders Amaze

I am accidentally in the nonprofit world. Like Alice in Wonderland, I tumbled from being a solo business owner giving seminars in corporate America to being a solo business owner in economic freefall to being an unemployed professional scrambling for a job.

Oh dear, I'm unemployed!

A nonprofit job came my way, I landed it, and here I am. Oh, the irony; my job is to help people find work.

It has been a fascinating first seven months. In meetings, I find myself confused when decisions are made with the client not the cost in mind. These nonprofit folks are wired differently! My colleagues are those who didn’t accidentally find themselves here. They chose careers in a world where there are no (gulp!) year end bonuses.

I am rubbing elbows with those who think up good ideas to help people and then implement them. Here’s the latest example a few friends of mine are involved with – It’s a program for people who are unemployed and want to do good in the world. It combines job search training, networking and volunteering. I couldn’t think of a better way to give job seekers a schedule around which to organize themselves, people to hang out with and the right mix of resources. 70% of participants land jobs!

If you know people “looking for their next opportunity,” let them know about It’s free!

I’m glad to be a voyager in the Land of Nonprofit. I think it’s rubbing off on me.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

LA Fellows Cohort 2 Orientation Dates Announced!

Interested in applying to be an LA Fellow? Join us at our orientation meetings for the next cohort.

Orientation Dates and Locations
All orientation meetings will be held at Los Angeles Valley College at 5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, CA 91401-4096. You may park in Lot B located at the corner of Oxnard Street and Fulton Avenue. Parking tickets will not be issued during the orientation meeting. You only need to attend one orientation.

Monday, December 13, 2010
Cafeteria Conference Room

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Cafeteria Conference Room

Thursday, January 6, 2011
Cafeteria Conference Room

Look forward to seeing you there!