SOURCE: YWCA of Greater Los Angeles

YWCA of Greater Los Angeles

November 10, 2010 12:56 ET

YWCA GLA Celebrates Topping Out Ceremony for Downtown Job Corps Urban Campus Today Wednesday, November 10th at 1pm

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, City Controller Wendy Greuel, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, Councilmember Jan Perry to Sign Ceremonial Beam

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2010) -

YWCA Greater Los Angeles CEO, Board of Directors
and Senior Staff, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, City Controller Wendy Greuel, Councilmember Jan Perry, Job Corps Student Government, Job Corps Staff, supporters including Ted Landgraf and Russ Burbank Ph. D.

Project funders to attend include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Enterprise Community Investment, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Los Angeles Development Fund, Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Los Angeles, Broadway Federal Bank, The California Endowment, Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.

Dignitaries, funders and key players in the construction, including the architect Jenkins/Gales & Martinez and the contractor, PCL Construction Services will sign the ceremonial steel beam, which will be displayed in the lobby of the new downtown Job Corps Urban Campus.

Between groundbreaking and ribbon cutting is a ceremony in the construction of many modern buildings called a "Topping Out." It occurs when the highest structural element of a high-rise is about to be swung into place. The YWCA Greater Los Angeles (YWCA GLA) will host its ceremonial Topping Out Ceremony for its new downtown Job Corps Urban Campus. 

The 154,000 square foot, seven-story mixed use Urban Campus will feature a state-of-the-art library, residential units, modernized health facilities, indoor lounges, computer and study rooms, campus-wide green spaces, kitchen, serving and dining facilities, classrooms, amphitheatre and executive offices for the YWCA GLA.

The YWCA GLA Job Corps Urban Campus will provide free housing, meals and vocational training to 400 youths ages 16 -24 years old. The program serves approximately 1200 youths each year, with some participants having off-campus housing. The students are typically at-risk, previously homeless and emancipated foster kids. The two-year program nurtures youths who would otherwise be caught in a cycle of crime and poverty and provides a support system to enable them to learn a trade, social skills and life skills to become employable and self sufficient. The YWCA GLA recently won several awards in 2010 for its Job Corps program including "#1 in the region for graduate placement."

The Job Corps Urban Campus building will replace outdated service facilities. The new building will create a "campus" environment where Job Corps services are consolidated in one centralized area. It will bring together all residents under one roof (currently being housed at Studio Club in Hollywood and Case Hotel building in downtown LA).

TODAY - Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 1pm - 2pm

1031 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Photo Op:
Ceremony will involve the tradition of hoisting an evergreen tree at the top of the ceremonial beam. The beam will be signed by dignitaries and funders participating in the event. Media are welcome to cover event.

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YWCA GLA to Celebrate Topping Out Ceremony Today at New Downtown Job Corps Urban Campus

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