“LAANE taught me that a good job and a living wage is at the heart of uplifting communities and lives.”
– Julia Gould, 19
2015 Luncheon Speaker
Former Intern for the Long Beach Hospitality Campaign & Raise LA
Throughout its 20-year history, LAANE has seen its role as not only running successful campaigns to raise standards for low-wage workers and low-income communities, but also training the next generation of activists.
LAANE has offered internships as part of college study or as summer placements. Both undergraduate and graduate students have benefited from their time with LAANE, and many have gone on to permanent jobs with LAANE or similar activist organizations. LAANE offers training in community organizing, research and communications.
A challenge of LAANE’s past internship program was the frequent inability to provide a financial stipend, making it difficult for young people from lower-wage families, who must support themselves, to participate.
To address this challenge and to honor two long-time LAANE supporters, LAANE established the Beth and Julia Meltzer Internship Program in 2012. With the annual support of private donors, LAANE now works to offer internship training opportunities to young people of all economic levels to help jump-start their careers as social justice advocates. LAANE’s internship program has now become a centerpiece of the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon.