We connect Los Angeles high school students, from diverse, often underrepresented backgrounds, to relevant USC student mentors, and help our students build the hard skills, soft skills, and growth mindset they will need as leaders of the next generation.
AboutOur program introduces 12 students from a charter school (Hybrid High School) in South L.A. to technology, design, and entrepreneurship through a semester long mentorship program at the USC. We also host Power Up, a one day all female* tech and entrepreneurship conference for Hybrid High students.
*non-binary and transgender inclusive
WorkshopsThe program typically consists of 6-9 workshops 1.5 hour - 3 hours each week. Students are provided computers at the workshops and engage in topics ranging graphic design, web development, social media marketing, and pitching. Workshops have been taught by leaders from USC’s entrepreneurial student organizations, USC alumni, and industry professionals.
Company Tours (Safaris)Students take 2-3 trips to companies in Los Angeles to see how what they are learning gets applied. Typically, one trip is to a startup incubator and another to a burgeoning tech, design, or entrepreneurial venture in LA. Past partners include Science Inc. and Buzzfeed LA.
MentorshipEach student is paired with a mentor; these mentors go to workshops with their mentee, advise them through the college process, and their time commitment extends past the bounds of Project Launch. We also have technical mentors, who support rockets during interactive portions of workshops.
InternshipsIn 2017 one-third of rocket class found an internship through Project Launch, with our partner incubator, Science Inc.
Laptops and ScholarshipsIn 2017 we provided all participants with their own laptops at the end of the program, and three outstanding participants with $750 scholarships.