The Salesian Boys and Girls Club is about to begin a yearlong job-training program to teach teen-agers about the rules of the workplace and to help find them internships in businesses throughout Los Angeles.
The program, funded by a grant from the United Way, will employ 10 youths from City Terrace and Boyle Heights who come from troubled and poor families, said Father Carmine Vairo, the club's executive director.
The program will begin as soon as a check, for about $19,000, arrives in April, he said.
"I'm hoping it's going to give kids an experience that they wouldn't have otherwise, so they can realize there are opportunities to move ahead," Vairo said.
"What we're finding with our kids is they're becoming so despondent and so depressed that they don't know there are other options. They get so closed in with what's happening in their neighborhoods."