Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) is an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles Workforce Development System (WDS) with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit businesses in order to help individuals with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed.

The LA:RISE project offers a pathway from unemployment to permanent work for homeless youth, those who have been previously incarcerated and now re-entering the workforce, and other individuals with significant barriers to employment.

Social enterprises and workforce agencies work together to better prepare individuals both professionally and personally by providing paid work experience and wrap around supports such as housing, transportation, and legal services. By co-enrolling individuals into WIOA (which provides workforce services using federal funding), LA:RISE is able to leverage funds and work more efficiently.

Funded initially by the Department of Labor through a Workforce Innovation Fund grant, LA:RISE is now funded locally by a City of LA General Fund allocation, LA County Measure H, and workforce funding.