What We Offer
Youth Employment Program
General Grant Programs
Student Training & Employment Program (STEP) provides 120 hours of paid work experience to in-school youth with disabilities that are between the ages of 16 to 21. Youth also receive work readiness training through Glendale Community Colleges’ Professional Development Center and gain experience at a worksite based on their skills, aptitudes and interests during the summer months. This program is currently on hold and anticipated start date is July 2023.
For more information, contact Jasmine Goulet at 818-937-8055 or Mia Titilah at 818-937-8005.
Serves older youth ages 18-24. Youth are placed primarily in private businesses to gain the skills and experience needed to climb the career ladder jobs within a company. The program pays for the initial training hours as an incentive for the employer to hire youth. Funding for this program is provided by Verdugo Workforce Investment Board and the Workforce Investment Act grants.
For more information, contact Laura Isaacs-Galvan at 818-937-8057, Jasmine Venegas-Goulet at 818-937-8055, or Mia Titilah at 818-937-8005
The TEAM program is designed to prepare students, ages 14-21, for post-secondary education and the world of work. Participants learn to meet workplace expectations such as being on time, dressing appropriately, and following through on assignments. The TEAM program is funded by the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board and the Workforce Investment Act grants.
Youth Participants between the age of 14-24 receive life skills, pre-employment training and paid work experience. The Brush Clearance Program provides the youngest and unskilled youth, ages 14-16, a first time job experience. On closely supervised teams, they spend 6 weeks removing overgrown brush on over 30 parcels of city owned land, augmenting the City's Vegetation Management Program and reducing the risk of fire on the city's hillsides. Youth who already possess some basic job skills are placed in jobs in the community such as local hospitals, non-profit organizations, libraries, schools, businesses and public agencies. The program is funded by Los Angeles County and the City of Glendale Departments.
Youth Employment Program
Youth that succeed in the Summer Brush Clearance Program are eligible to participate in GYEP. In this self-sustaining program, supervised teams of youth as young as 16 years old are hired to perform hillside brush clearance on private properties for a fee. Youth can also be hired for other general labor tasks
In this program, young adults with a proven work ethic and previous job experience are placed in career exploration jobs. Their wages are paid by the business that hires them.
Rental Assistance Programs
Low Income Family Employment and Rental Assistance Program
The purpose of the Low Income Employment and Rental Assistance Program is to provide Housing and Employment assistance to low income families for a 12-month period. Program will operate in three phases and is currently in the second phase of the program. The first year, 25 families were served, second year- currently 40 families are enrolled and being served. In phase three an additional 40 families will be served. Applications for phase 3 is now open and will close on February 3, 2023. For more information call Eliza Dzhaneryan at (818) 937-8056.
California Emergency Relief Aid Program
GYA staff has held 1,743 appointments since April of 2021 providing clients assistance in applying for the State’s COVID rent relief program through HousingIsKey.com. The program provides financial assistance for any unpaid past and/or future rent and utility bills.
The application period for both programs is currently closed. For more information regarding our Rental Assistance Programs contact Rita Terzian at 818-937-8004 or Eliza Dzhaneryan at 818-937-8056.
Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Program
This program provides up to 30 days of hotel vouchers to a minimum of 10 youth – total of 300 nights. The hotel vouchers will be provided to the youth participants that are homeless or on the verge of homelessness and that are between the ages 12-24 as a means of emergency housing while we work closely with the youth participant to find employment and connect them to the needed services to transition to permanent housing. Each youth that participates in GYA programs will receive work readiness, career exploration, and soft skills training provided by various partners and staff. In total, GYA assisted 23 homeless youth through this grant in 2022.
United Way awarded funding through the Los Angeles Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to provide and expand our hotel vouchers to homeless youth as a means of emergency shelter while they find more permanent housing and receive employment services. This program will allow us to provide up to 60 nights of hotel vouchers to a minimum of 17 homeless youth in our community.
For more information, please call Ani Duzdabanyan-Manoukian at 818-937-8021.
Training & Case Management Grants
Kaiser Permanente Foundation
The Kaiser Permanente Foundation awarded grant funding for the 2022 and 2023 program years to GYA to provide intense case management and referrals to youth in our community to obtain medical, dental, mental health and other resources as needed.
Dignity Health Hospital Foundation
The Dignity Health Hospital Foundation awarded GYA funding for a three-year cycle in partnership with Glendale Unified School District for the Cultural Trauma & Mental Health Resiliency Project Grant. The goal of this project is to address behavioral health and mental wellbeing among youth. the purpose of the Project is to improve access to health services and enhance public health by increasing the awareness, skills and capacity of local community organizations and community members to identify mental distress, address the impacts of trauma, reduce stigma, and increase resiliency via delivery of mental health awareness education. Thus far over 500 individuals have been training through this grant.
One Stop Operator
GYA serves as the One Stop Operator for the Verdugo Workforce Development Board (VWDB). The One Stop Operator serves as the liaison between the VWDB and the 14 mandated MOU partners to coordinate the service delivery of required partners and service providers.