Community Centers, Inc. was founded in 1976 to provide specialized services for hard to serve youth. Because youth problems are intertwined within family units, the Center gradually expanded its scope of services. In 1991 the Center filled the more descriptive corporate name Community Centers, Inc. Additional DBA’s operate under the names of South Los Angeles WorkSource Center and South Bay Youth Service Center. At present, people of all ages from early childhood through senior citizens are served through an array of diverse programs. The Center’s purpose is to aid individuals in becoming viable, self-sufficient members of society. Counseling, employment, immigration, educational, training, ongoing support and referral services make up the multi-dimensional approach which has proved successful over time. Besides operating as a community-based organization, the Center is also a part of an expanding network of other agencies and business cooperating as a consortium to bring more efficient and effective services to the greater Los Angeles area. The Center is proud of its leadership role and achievements.
Mission. Community Centers Inc. is committed to empowering the community with economic growth through education, employment services, financial and digital literacy, prevention and intervention that bridges the gap and relieves the bonds of socioeconomic disparity impacting At Risk and Foster Youth, People with Disabilities, Disadvantaged Individuals, Families and Veterans.
Our Vision is a workforce development system that offers every client access to high quality academic and occupational skills while fostering opportunities for lifelong learning and effective help to find work, and personalized assistance to make progress in the labor market.
Equal Opportunity Program
As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Community Centers, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability, your request should be received at least 3 business days in advance of the need.
- To create alignment that closes the gap between employer’s needs for skilled workers and employees, the Los Angeles residents who are prepared to meet the needs.
- To enable workers to make smooth transitions so that employees and employers may fully benefit from the new changing economy through the implementation of coherent strategies for dislocated workers and incumbent worker training.
- To assist disadvantaged youth and persons with disabilities, new labor market entrants, recent immigrants and low wage workers in moving up the career ladder by developing a wage progression strategy for low income workers. Specific progress is apparent in the improvement in agency operation and the decrease in the earnings gap faced by people of color, adults with disabilities and women.
- To make the vision of WorkSource a reality ensuring that workforce development programs are customer friendly, broadly accessible and fully committed to continuous quality improvement.