IAJVS partners with Dept. of Labor to launch VCN jobseeker guide to healthcare careers

JVSLA,  a member of the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services, participated in the development and launch of a brand new online guide for jobseekers interested in healthcare careers. The site provides comprehensive national resources for training and employment opportunities.

Click here to read the full press release from the Dept. of Labor.

Click here to visit the VCN site.

April 19, 2012

  • Melissa Jarvis-Prieto

    Los Angeles, CA 90048 
    Phone: 323-761-8888 x8774

New York Times Article Reinforces Critical Need for Federal Training Dollars

The NYT published a story last week on the dramatic reduction in federal funding for job training due to continued cutbacks. The national network of WorkSource Centers count on these dollars to assist the jobless train for new careers. the pinch is being felt in LA by JVS staff at our three WorkSource Center sites in Marina del Rey, mid-Wilshire and the Antelope Valley. JVS continues to advocate strongly for increased funding. Click here to read the NYT story.

Mayor Announces $3.3 million in Federal Grants for Job Training

JVS BankWorks graduates Mariana Jimenez of Citibank, one of the featured speakers, Courtney Myrick of Wells Fargo and JVS CEO Vivian Seigel, joined Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and representatives from ten local job training programs for the announcement of $3.3 million in new federal grants that will train 1,000 workers in key industry sectors.

Mayor Villaraigosa was joined by Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Paul Koretz, along with business, labor and community groups, as he announced new federal Workforce Investment Act grants to train workers in high growth, high wage industry sectors. The ten programs represented at theevent prepare workers for careers in entertainment, construction, transportation, hospitality, logistics, security, financial services, public safety, green technology and health care. Additional speakers included Charlie Woo, long time Chair of the Workforce Investment Board and Michael Klausman, CBS Vice President for West Coast Operations.

JVS Receives Highest Ranking 5th Year In A Row

Only 4% of U.S. Non-Profits Earn Coveted 4-Stars Five Years in a Row

(LOS ANGELES) For the fifth consecutive year, JVS has received a 4-Star ranking from Charity Navigator, the leading charity rating organization in the country. Only 4% of the 5500 non-profits Charity Navigator evaluated earned this prestigious recognition.

In a letter to JVS CEO Vivian Seigel, Charity Navigator President and CEO Ken Berger wrote, “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Jewish Vocational Service from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

The goal is to provide donors with the essential information they need to make informed choices in their charitable giving. Ratings are based on good governance, sound fiscal management, commitment to accountability, transparency and use of best practices.

“We deeply appreciate this recognition of our agency-wide commitment to excellence,” said JVS CEO Vivian Seigel. “JVS is a lifeline as job seekers start to lose hope and fall off the unemployment charts. Our central mission - to help people find jobs - is more critical than ever, particularly as the gap between those who are able to sustain a career and those who have fallen to the poverty level widens. It is only with the generous support of our donors and corporate partners that we are able to impact those in greatest need.”

Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger's Financial Magazine, among others, have profiled Charity Navigator’s unique method of applying data-driven analysis to the charitable sector. In fact, it is estimated that last year Charity Navigator influenced approximately $10 billion in charitable gifts.

To view the full award letter, click here.

  • Melissa Jarvis-Prieto

    Los Angeles, CA 90048 
    Phone: 323-761-8888 x8774


The legendary Tommy Lasorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers was honored by Jewish Vocational Service  at an Evening of Celebration on January 28, 2012 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Honorary Chair Bob Graziano, Managing Partner of Northern Trust and former President of the LA Dodgers, kicked off the evening.

Graziano thanked everyone in attendance for making the night such a huge success and gave a special nod to the members of his outstanding Dinner Committee: All-time home run hitter in Los Angeles Dodger franchise history, the 1992 Rookie of the Year and a UCLA alum-- Eric Karros; 20-year MLB veteran and a member of the 1981 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers-- Jay Johnstone, and the great Dodger pitcher who played for the Dodgers from 1990 through 1994-- Jim Gott.”

He also mentioned former Dodgers VP for Human Resources David Walkley, who now holds the same position for JVS and former NFL wide receiver Michael Young, who is the Chief Revenue Officer for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Other members of the Dinner Committee including Dodger All-Star Maury Wills, Anastasia Mann of Corniche Travel and one of the night’s major sponsors, Peter O’Malley, were unable to attend but sent a message of support.

“I’ve always said there are three types of baseball players,” says Lasorda. “Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happened!  I like the first type, which is why I’m so pleased to be honored by JVS. They aren’t sitting on the sidelines. They are helping thousands of people each year who are desperate to get back to work. They recognize talent and motivation and they nurture it in the right direction.  We have that in common, because that’s what I know best - helping individual players, the team and everyone in the community of Los Angeles become winners.”

The event featured a video, “The Road to Hope” highlighting the desperation of the long term unemployed and the life-changing impact of JVS’ work and guests heard personal success stories from four clients, ranging from a foster youth to a war veteran.  Tommy, a huge advocate for men and women serving in the military, has visited over 40 military bases on USO trips and made an impassioned plea for jobs for returning vets.

For more information visit www.jvsla.org.

JVS' Veterans First team joins Rep. Karen Bass and Mayor Villaraigosa at Veterans Dialogue held at USC

Recently returned veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, along with a range of service providers met with lawmakers on November 9th to discuss the issues of jobs, homelessness and the need for support services in light of the budget crisis in Washington DC. 

John Tyler, a case manager in JVS' Veterans First program and a veteran of two tours in Iraq, had an opportunity to speak with Rep. Bass about the challenges our clients are facing and possible solutions to streamline the job search for veterans.

JVS Seeks Sub-Contractor Request for Proposal (RFP)

VS Los Angeles is submitting a proposal to the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department (CDD) to operate a Youth WorkSource Center in the West Los Angeles regional area and is seeking sub-contractors to provide Educational and School Assessment for at-risk youth ages 16-24 or Case Management for Special Educational and/or Youth with Disabilities or Sector Based Vocational Training with Industry Recognized Certifications coupled to Common Measure Placement Outcomes. To receive a Sub-Contractor Request for Proposal (RFP), send an email to Procurement@jvsla.org by December 6, 2011 and a copy of the RFP will be emailed to you.

Baseball's Goodwill Ambassador Tommy Lasorda to Be Honored at JVS 2012 Celebration

The legendary Tommy Lasorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers will be honored by Jewish Vocational Service at an Evening of Celebration on January 28, 2012 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The Honorary Chair is Bob Graziano, Managing Partner of Northern Trust and former President of the LA Dodgers. A highlight of the event will be a VIP Cocktail Reception with Lasorda for major sponsors and their guests.

"I've always said there are three types of baseball players," says Lasorda. "Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happened! I like the first type, which is why I'm so pleased to be honored by JVS. They aren't sitting on the sidelines. They are helping thousands of people each year who are desperate to get back to work. They recognize talent and motivation and they nurture it in the right direction. We have that in common, because that's what I know best -- helping individual players, the team and everyone in the community of Los Angeles become winners."

The prestigious Dinner Committee includes former Dodger greats Eric Karros and Maury Wills, Dodgers Chief Revenue Officer Michael Young, President of Corniche Travel Anastasia Mann, President of Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc. Mark Louchheim and former Dodgers VP of Human Resources David Walkley, currently an executive at JVS. The event will be chaired by Past JVS Board President Rick Powell, along with current President Jeffrey Paul and JVS Board Treasurer Jim Hausberg.

Said JVS CEO Vivian Seigel, "Tommy Lasorda embodies the heart of baseball and the heart of Los Angeles. As someone who inspires, nurtures and develops talent, he is a tremendous role model. At JVS, we are on the frontlines of the current economic crisis. Every day we see the heartbreaking toll long-term unemployment takes on families. Our expert team provides job training, mentoring, job search and placement support to help people get back to work and back on their feet. We are deeply grateful that Tommy has stepped forward to help us raise critically needed funds to continue this life changing work."

For more information on JVS' services or to register online for the event, visit www.jvsla.org or contact Randy Lapin at (323) 761-8598 orrlapin@jvsla.org.

Join LA Jewish Chamber and Latino Business Chamber at Dec. 7th Holiday Mixer

Please join LA Jewish Chamber and Latino Business Chamber on December 7th for a Holiday Mixer where JVS will receive a special grant. As part of their mission to help professionals, business owners and corporations, The LA Jewish Chamber has selected JVS Los Angeles as the beneficiary non-profit organization to receive funding.  The grant has been funded in part through a portion of the Chamber’s annual membership drive.

Bank of America presents $50,000 donation to JVS' BankWorks training program.

Karla Lee, Business Support Executive for the Southwest Region of Bank of America presented the check to JVS CEO Vivian Seigel.  A long time supporter of BankWorks, Lee expressed her gratitude to all of the banking partners who work together to open doors of opportunity for the primarily low income, inner city adults who complete the program .

Participating banks include Citibank, City National Bank, Continental Currency Services, Inc., One West Bank, Pacific Western Bank, Union Bank, US Bank and Wells Fargo, with additional funding from the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation and the State of California Employment Training Panel.

City Controller Wendy Greuel and Deputy Mayor Matt Karatz address JVS' 24th BankWorks Graduation

Reflecting the ongoing support of the Mayor's Office and the City Controller for innovative public-private partnerships. the Deputy Mayor and Controller Greuel spoke to the audience at the November 16th ceremony, marking the graduation of another class of fully trained and highly motivated candidates for entry level positions as bank tellers. 

What distinguishes this program is the hands on engagement of the bank recruiters who are on site and interview each of the graduates, streamlining the hiring process and assisting BankWorks clients to launch their new careers in the financial services industry. 

5th Annual Poker Tournament and Mah Jongg Event Raises Critically Needed Funds for JVS

On October 27th, $44,000 was raised by the 125 players gathered at The Beverly Hilton for an evening of Poker and Mah Jongg to benefit JVS, exceeding both revenue and attendance from previous years.

The three top players posed at the end of the evening with JVS CEO Vivian Seigel and the Event Co-Chairs: Board Member Rob Galperson and Incoming Board President John Goldsmith.

The success of the event was due to the generosity of Event Hosts Grant Thornton LLP, Open Pictures and Rick, Debbie, Jeremy and Ashley Powell and the many individual Table Hosts, Sponsors and guests.

Governor Brown Signs JVS Co-Sponsored Job Training Bill

This morning the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 734, authored by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord).

The measure prioritizes the spending of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) money for quality job training programs and services for unemployed workers.

SB 734 was co-sponsored by JVS Los Angeles, Chicana Service Action Center, California Labor Federation, California Manufacturers and Technology Association, and State Building and Construction Trades Council.

“This new bill will appropriately refocus the public workforce development system in California on upgrading the skills of workers to qualify them for jobs that will materialize when the economy recovers from its current morass,” according to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

“The passage of SB 734 is a significant step forward for California job seekers and union members and a powerful recognition of the critical work being done on the front lines of this economic downturn,” said Art Pulaski, Chief Officer of the California Labor Federation.

California receives almost $500 million annually in WIA dollars for job training and employment services for youth, disadvantaged adults, and dislocated workers. Despite the need for targeted and effective training, local WIBs in California spend very little WIA funds on skills training. Faced with a similar problem, other states, including Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin, have all adopted policies that require more local WIA funds to be dedicated to training.

SB 734 requires local WIBs to increase spending of their Adult and Dislocated Workers Fund on quality programs and services that provide workers with job training. Under this bill, spending would increase annually to a minimum of 30% of the Fund in 2016 and thereafter.

JVS Los Angeles has been providing comprehensive employment services to Angelenos since 1931 and has witnessed the tremendous shifts in the job market and the increased pressures on job seekers trying to compete in this economic environment.

“We have always sought meaningful partnerships to increase our effectiveness, leverage and maximize our resources for the benefit of our clients,” said JVS CEO Vivian Seigel. “This legislation will open the door to greater opportunities for the long term unemployed and other job seekers struggling to overcome multiple barriers to employment.”

“Workers in California face the toughest job crisis since the Great Depression,” said DeSaulnier (D-Concord). “With declining state revenues and pressure on public resources, it is crucial that every dollar of federal workforce funds is invested in high quality job training that connects workers to good jobs.”

  • Melissa Jarvis-Prieto

    Los Angeles, CA 90048 
    Phone: 323-761-8888 x8774