FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #07-16
April 20, 2007

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Renée Bacchini
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Teen Employment Scene Conference offers teens career opportunities

Los Angeles-The Young Worker Leadership Academy (YWLA) today held a one-day Teen Employment Scene Conference in San Pedro to promote awareness of workplace safety and labor regulations, and to offer employment opportunities.

The Teen Employment Scene offered teenagers employment opportunities from businesses including LA City Parks and Recreation, Subway, Dominoes Pizza and other local merchants. Government agencies -- such as the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) - were on hand to educate young workers on workplace regulations, health and safety; and the California Employment Development Department provided help with interview techniques and resume writing.

"As summer quickly approaches many teens will be looking for work, and for some, this maybe their first job, said Vicki Heza, deputy chief of Cal/OSHA Enforcement.
"We want to make sure they know there are health and safety laws designed to protect them on job."

The Teen Scene workshop began with informal introductions from youth organizers, adult supporters and a welcoming speaker. Topics covered at the conference included: Workplace labor regulations, health and safety; and interviewing and resume-writing skills, among other things.

YWLA alumni also assisted with workshops and shared valuable information concerning their work experiences to prospective young workers.

The event concluded with teens sending postcards to friends sharing something important they learned at the Teen Employment Scene.

The event was organized by youth alumni from the Young Worker Leadership Academy with support from the California Conservation Corps.; the University at California Berkeley's Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP); the University of California Los Angeles' Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program; Harbor Area Boys & Girls Club; State Farm Companies Foundation; Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF); Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn; and Employers Direct, Inc.

Government agency sponsors included the Department of Industrial Relations with its Cal/OSHA division, the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, and EDD.

For more information about the Young Worker Leadership Academies, please visit: www.youngworker.org.

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