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The Intern Project pairs close to 300 students, both from our own schools and across the County, with high-value mentorships, internships, and jobs. This is part of our commitment to connecting high school students with the experiences and tools they need for future career success. Within this program, LA Promise Fund runs a smaller program — The Intern Project – Summer, which connects deserving Los Angeles public high school juniors with the chance to work in dynamic career areas through paid internships of four or more weeks during their summer break. Students have worked in fields like digital media, entertainment, technology, health care, and design. Learn more.

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Linked Learning promotes college and career readiness through hands-on learning both in- and out-of the classroom.  We embrace a challenging college-prep curriculum that is theme based and integrates across disciplines and is complemented with (i) the addition of career and technical coursework emphasizing the practical, real-world use of the knowledge gained in academics and preparing youth for employment; (ii) opportunities for students to further their learning in work environments, from mentorship to internships and apprenticeships; and (iii) full academic and social support systems, including counseling and additional instruction in reading, writing and mathematics, with the goal of breaking down the walls of the traditional classroom to bring valuable resources to help all students succeed in and outside school. LA Promise Fund Partner & Charter Schools embrace the Small Learning Academies structure with career based themes like organized around Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Health, Business, and Film & Entertainment.

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Girls Build LA is designed to reach girls in the LA County public schools. Through the Girls Build LA Challenge, LA area middle and high school girls are designing and implementing community-based solutions that can effect widespread change. Girls Build LA empowers these students to identify the challenges they face and provides them with resources and support to address them.

The Challenge is organized across three critical impact areas: Health & Wellness, Civic Engagement & Leadership, and STEM & College Access. Regional experts and skilled coaches facilitate the problem-solving and solution-design process. The students from each participating team will build the skills necessary for effective leadership, like collaboration, communication, consensus-building, and project management. Now in Year 2, grants will be provided to approximately 50 teams of girls who will use STEM principles and 21st Century learning skills to effect social change. Scholarships will again be awarded to winning teams at the completion of the school year. Learn more.