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live / 2016

Get Los Angeles Back to Work!

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by LaunchCode

Get Los Angeles Back to Work!

Are any other organizations collaborating on this proposal?

Kimberley Baker Guillemet, Esq., Manager, Office of Reentry, Mayor's Office of Economic Opportunity, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-978-0642, [email protected],,,, (pending), (pending)

Please describe your project proposal.

We are opening LaunchCode Los Angeles to help Los Angelenos create a new level of self-sufficiency through empowering jobs in technology and computer science. Millions of Americans are unemployed and are stuck in low-wage job cycles which leave them struggling to find jobs that offer livable salaries, employable skills, and a chance for advancement. Businesses also have a problem —there just isn’t enough tech talent to match the growing demand. LaunchCode programs address both problems.

Which of the live metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Self-sufficiency
  • Resilient communities

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to live?

Over the long term, we know that high paying jobs increase self sufficiency. Using the models that we have learned in St. Louis, Miami, Kansas City, Rhode Island, Seattle and Portland, we know that LaunchCode participants can get placed in real high paying jobs that make a major different in how Los Angeles grows as a city.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

We measure success as follows:

Apprentices Hires Candidates Employers

So far:

90% of apprentices were converted to permanent employment 96% of hires remain in their job after six months 30% of candidates were promoted within 18 months 500+ employers partnering with LaunchCode nationally

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Volunteers
  • Advisors/board members
  • Staff
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles
  • etc.)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers
  • etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research