Reemployment Strategies Promising Practices Summary: LA Fellows

The NASWA-ITSC report on the LA Fellows Program includes information on the program’s target population, recruitment and intake process, key partners, participant enrollment and characteristics, impacts, staffing, costs, opportunities for replication, and lessons learned. 

The LA Fellows Program is run by Los Angeles Valley College and came about when local leaders recognized the combination of high unemployment and financially stressed nonprofits in the area presented opportunities to combine workforce development with volunteerism. With support from the City of Los Angeles, the State of California, and numerous other public and nonprofit organizations, the program provides participants--most of whom are UI claimants and dislocated workers--140 hours of skills and leadership classroom training, including nonprofit development and grant writing training; a project-based internship experience; and networking and skill-building opportunities.