We connect underserved Los Angeles high school students 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.
We connect USC mentors to high school mentees. Mentors meet with mentees at least twice a month, and help facilitate trips to tech and entrepreneurship hubs in Los Angeles throughout the Project Launch program. Mentees are matched with relatable mentors who share mentees' interests and passions. Each of these mentors also has professional experience in their mentee's areas of interest.
We believe that pairing mentorship with project-based, skill-focused learning will help prepare our mentees to be future leaders. The Project Launch program includes 4 workshops, our "Missions", that help mentees build hard and soft skills likely not taught in a traditional classroom. We focus on practical skills that are corequisite in STEAM and other fields, and take mentees through a carefully constructed, hands-on curriculum to build these skills. We equip our mentees with a variety of tools, from hard skills like coding, designing and video editing, to soft skills like working in teams, ideating and sending professional emails. We empower our mentees to be lifelong learners, and teach growth mindset as a tool to help out mentees learn new skills and tackle difficult challenges in the future.
The final portion of the Project Launch program is the set of resources we provide to our mentees. While in the program, we ensure that they have access to the technology and materials they need to build the skills we focus on. Additionally, we curate a set of events that mentors and mentees can attend together, including pitch competitions, career fairs, and tech tours that introduce mentees to the industry.
POWER UP - SPRING 2018
Power Up is an all female* tech and entrepreneur conference for USC Hybrid High students. It is a four hour event that brings STEAM and entrepreneurial opportunities to girls at USC Hybrid High School through workshops on 3D printing, web development, public speaking, and a panel of female entrepreneurs of color. This event is organized by USC's Spark SC, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Girls in Tech, 3D Design 4 Everyone, and Quest.
We aim to work with partners that want to invest in a diverse future for the STEAM fields and beyond. Partners have the opportunity to collaborate on our periodic work sessions, invite the mentees and mentors on tech tours, and support the scholarships our mentees need to get a STEAM education. Project Launch needs you to fuel the launch.