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Resource Fair to Address Santa Monica Zip Code Inequities:

Community Corporation of Santa Monica is hosting an employment resource fair this evening to help connect residents with the jobs and services they may be seeking. Held at Virginia Park, the event highlights the disproportionate ways that the city is distributed.

“According to the City’s 2015 Wellbeing Project, unemployment levels in 90404, 90401 and 90405 are higher than the US average,” explained Ayde Gonzalez, Director of Residents Services for Community Corp.

“Unemployment is a community issue and as members of this community we want bring awareness to the amazing organizations working here in Santa Monica and in the surrounding area that are experts in employment searches, career guidance, skill development and vocational training,” she said.

The fair, in partnership with the City of Santa Monica, hopes to connect service providers, educators and non-profits; including Chrysalis, the Hospitality Training Academy, JVS, Santa Monica College, WISE & Healthy Aging, and Antioch University, among others.

The evening will feature resource tables and informational exhibits from local employment search organizations, web development boot camps, vocational and educational programs, and certificate programs.

“During the event, participants can sharpen their interview skills with speed mock interviews, learn about where to go for employment resources, and get resume feedback,” organizers stated.

The fair will be held today, Friday, April 22, from 5pm-7pm in the Thelma Terry Building at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica. No RSVP is required, and the event is free for the entire community. Community Corp. is a local non-profit organization that builds and manages affordable housing and associated resident service programs.

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