LA’s Promise Technology Academy

submission by LA_Promise

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

LA's Promise

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Our mission is to graduate every student attending an LA's Promise neighborhood school college and career ready.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Our organization seeks to establish a LA’s Promise Technology Academy at each of our school sites and expose 90 students from low-income backgrounds to STEM-related activities and careers.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics? (check all that apply)

Percentage of children enrolled in early education programs

Percentage of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years

Youth unemployment and underemployment

District-wide graduation rates

HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math

Academic Performance Index* scores

College matriculation rates

Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher education institutions, and the workforce) (Dream Metric)

Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)

Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools (Dream Metric)

Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.


For more than a decade, the United States has trailed the international community in Math, Reading, and Science, producing a growing surplus of workers with limited skills and further hampering our nation’s ability to compete on a global stage. According to the National Math + Science Initiative more than 46.8 million new jobs will be created by 2018, of which one million STEM graduates will be needed to meet demand. Additionally, STEM-based careers are expected to outpace traditional job growth and increase by 17 percent over the next decade. However, a 2010 report released by the United States Census Bureau illustrates the widening achievement gap for minorities, with only 19 percent of African Americans and 14 percent of Hispanics aged 25-29 having earned a Bachelor’s degree. Our organization will address this disparity and introduce young men and women to STEM though the creation of the LA’s Promise Technology Academy at John Muir Middle School, Manual Arts Senior High School, and West Adams Preparatory High School. We will expose a combined 90 students (40 per school) to STEM-related after school activities. All LA’s Promise Technology Academy participants will attend coding and app development classes, lectures from guest speakers, and/or field trips organized in partnership with Televisa, Univision, Fox Studios, Direct TV, Google, and others. Participants will chronicle their experience through a dedicated blog, video journals, and on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In addition, participating students will be provided with Math and Science tutoring to ensure they excel in the classroom. Use of a digital badge platform such as Mozilla’s Open Badges will track the progress of students and unlock achievements as skills are mastered within each respective curriculum. Activities will be scheduled after school throughout the upcoming 2016-2017 academic school year.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Students from John Muir Middle School, Manual Arts Senior High School, and West Adams Preparatory High School will participate in the LA’s Promise Technology Academy as tracked through attendance logs. LA’s Promise will conduct a qualitative survey to gauge participating students interest in STEM at the start of the program and upon culmination. Baseline data will also be collected during the pilot year to demonstrate potential linkages between after school STEM programming and student academic performance in Math and Science subject areas as well as increases to daily attendance, high school graduation rate, and college enrollment. Intended measurable outcomes include:

1. Expose more than 90 students to STEM-related careers.
2. More than 75% of participating students will increase their interest in STEM and the pursuit of a related career as measured through surveys.
3. Track participating students attendance rate and grade point average in Math and Science subject areas.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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LA's Promise, always at the forefront of doing great things for South LA's underserved students!! Go LAP!!

by tiffanyala
6 months ago

Another innovative program for South LA's underserved students, courtesy of LA's Promise!

by Jguidoav
6 months ago

Kids need tech ed early on!!! Go LA's Promise!!!!

by claudia.b.keller
6 months ago

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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