L.A. Tech Talent Challenge
About The Initiative
Los Angeles is the third largest tech ecosystem in the United States, and the fastest growing; however, talented but underrepresented L.A. youth, including community college students, don't have access to medium to high-wage, skilled careers in this industry.
As part of the L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Mayor's Tech Council, Bixel Exchange launched the L.A. Tech Talent Challenge in 2017, an internship program that has placed more than 450 low-income youth in paid tech internships to date. The program connects underrepresented young Angelenos to stable and lucrative careers in the rapidly growing L.A. tech industry. Read the press release.
In the last year, companies engaged with youth in multiple settings to provide hands-on learning opportunities and inform them about the current tech landscape, skill demands, job roles and educational requirements.
Our internship goal this year is to place 250 diverse young adult interns at L.A. tech companies as part of the L.A. Tech Talent Challenge. Our aim is to provide more opportunities for L.A.'s young adults, many of whom are underrepresented in the tech community.
We already have commitments from tech companies like Snap Inc., Cornerstone OnDemand, Verizon Media, Kaiser Permanente and Boingo Wireless to host our interns this summer. To reach our goal, we need a commitment from you as well. Smaller companies without internship programs already in place are encouraged to apply as the L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline team will work with you to develop and execute your own program – please contact us for more information.