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Los Angeles holds training session to help trans youth find employment.


Over 100 caseworkers from L.A., county agencies, and local nonprofit groups attended a training session last month to focus on expanding career opportunities for transgender youth.

Attendees learned about issues facing trans youth when seeking employment. There was a discussion on the transition process, the proper use of gender pronouns and vocabulary. People also learned the differences between sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

The training is part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s HIRE-LA Youth program. HIRE-LA’s goal is to hire 20,000 young people for year round employment by 2020, more than quadrupling the number of youth jobs coordinated by City Hall when Garcetti entered office. The HIRE-LA’s Youth program helps young people in the Los Angeles area ages 14 to 24 to prepare for summer or year-round jobs by helping them with resumes, practice interviews, and money management skills.

The session was conducted in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot Initiative and UCLA’s Community Based Learning Program.

The unemployment rate for transgender people is twice that of the general population and nearly four times as high for transgender people of color, according to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.

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