LA YWCA's new campus (under construction)

*Close to completion on the downtown Job Corps Urban Campus, YWCA Greater Los Angeles (YWCA GLA) is gearing up to use its upcoming YWCA Black & White Benefactrix Ball as the kick off fundraising tool to raise monies for Job Corps student soft goods including bedding, bath rugs, clocks, sheets, comforters, shower curtains, electronic equipments and other items needed to make the students’ new campus feel more like home.

The YWCA Black & White Benefactrix Ball will be held this Friday, October 22, 2010 at the Beverly Hills Hotel at 6pm.   Tickets and tables are still available online at   The black tie affair will feature a gourmet dinner, fabulous silent auction experience, including pieces from the Judith Ripka 18kt and sterling collections, elegant black & white decor, red carpet arrivals for celebrity guests, an exciting live performance by multiplatinum artist, El DeBarge, comedian Kym Whitley as the live auctioneer and the beautiful radio personality Adai Lamar as event Emcee.

Sponsors include Edison International, Union Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Los Angeles Confidential Magazine.  This year’s event is themed “Soaring on Eagles’ Wings to Greater and Greater Heights” and will celebrate the amazing accomplishments achieved by the YWCA Greater Los Angeles in the past year including developing the Job Corps Urban Campus project winning seven awards in 2010 by the national Job Corps office, including #1 in the Region for Job Corps graduate job placement and #5 in the nation for post enrollment placement.

Construction of the YWCA GLA Job Corps Urban Campus began in fall 2009 and is slated to be completed in 2012.  The YWCA GLA considers its goal to now raise funds to cover costs of the students soft goods as an urgent one since the students are so close to moving in to their new campus enviroment.  The YWCA GLA will circulate a special Urban Campus Gift Catalogue for supporters to donate funds to various Job Corps student needs.  The Catalogue will be distributed at the YWCA Black & White Benefactrix Ball event and is available online at

The YWCA GLA provides this housing, medical costs, vocational training and meals at no cost to Job Corps student participants.  Most Job Corps students are at risk, previously homeless or emancipated foster kids, ages 16 – 24 years of age and rely on the YWCA GLA’s resources to help provide a second chance in life to become self sufficient and gainfully employed citizens.  Most do not have the financial support of their parents or a support system to help them obtain an education or prepare for the workforce.

YWCA GLA CEO, Faye Washington said, “Many of our Job Corps students have endured hardships that many of us could never imagine.  Yet, they still have hope that their past does not have to define their future.  We believe in our kids.  We ask the community to join us and support them, so that they may obtain the second chance in life that they deserve.  I invite local businesses and supporters to partner with us on raising funds for Job Corps programming and the students’ soft goods.  Together, we can provide these young people who have endured so much hardship, a soft place to land and an opportunity for them to walk in the direction of their dreams.”

About the YWCA Greater Los Angeles
Founded in 1893, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles has addressed the emerging and ongoing needs of the greater Los Angeles area.   Celebrating 115 years of community service, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles core initiatives include: Child Development, Youth Development, Advocacy, Workforce Development and Housing, Seniors Program, Sexual Assault Intervention Program and Week without Violence.  The YWCA GLA is dedicated to providing “Safe Spaces, to Live, Learn and Grow”.

About YWCA GLA Job Corps
The YWCA GLA began administering the Los Angeles Job Corps Program in 1965.  It provides residential and non-residential programming at no cost to homeless, emancipated, and at-risk youth ages 16-24.  Job Corps employs a holistic career development training model that integrates the teaching of academic, vocational, employability skills, social competencies and wellness/health services.   It leverages formal and informal partnerships with many businesses, employers, training facilities and community organizations to deliver its comprehensive service model, which includes job placement.

About YWCA GLA Job Corps Urban Campus
The Urban Campus will be centered in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ South Park business district.  The 154,000 square foot building will contain a state of the art library, computer lab, modernized medical and dental clinic and infirmary, classrooms and residential units for 400 students.



Jeanine Taylor
JCEC Public Relations
[email protected]