The pilot program of LA RISE aimed to improve employment outcomes for hard-to-employ populations, including disconnected youth, people with a record of justice involvement, and people experiencing housing instability.
Participants of LA RISE were co-enrolled in programs funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and received a minimum of 300 hours of subsidized, transitional employment at a social enterprise or workforce development system partner. These programs also provided on-the-job training, specialized training, or both. Other provided services varied by placement and included soft-skills training, work-readiness training and assessments, supportive services, case management, education, and permanent job search and placement services. Participants received incentive payments when they demonstrated proof of employment during the placement phase of the program. Services were delivered to participants for a minimum of seven weeks. Participants qualified for LA RISE services if they were at least 18 years old; were under- or unemployed and had expressed interest in full-time employment; and had one or more of the following major barriers to employment: a record of justice system involvement, housing instability, or classification as a disconnected youth. LA RISE was implemented at various sites in Los Angeles, CA.