2018 Grants Challenge

Activating Tech Talent in LA

Idea by Data 360

DataU is helping Los Angelenos get the tech skills they need to get high paying jobs!


Please describe the activation your organization seeks to launch.

We are looking to launch "Grow with Google" programs with all local Los Angeles community colleges.

Which of the LEARN metrics will your activation impact?​

College matriculation rates

Students’ immersion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math content

Youth unemployment and underemployment

Will your proposal impact any other LA2050 goal categories?​

LA is the healthiest place to LIVE

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

County of Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles

How will your activation mobilize Angelenos?​

Trainings and/or in-person engagements

Encourage businesses to change practices

Influence individual behavior

Describe in greater detail how your activation will make LA the best place to LEARN?​

We are looking to impact LA area community college students to learn key tech skills through Grow with Google (https://grow.google/) that will help them get better, higher paying jobs without having to wait for curriculum to be updated or for government programs to play catch-up.

You have three options to participate in DataU:

Working professional can upgrade their digital skills with Google with the Grow with Google program. See the free courses here: http://bit.ly/growwithgoogle-skills

Get up to speed on job-ready digital skills, anytime, anywhere Free training videos designed to prepare you for an evolving job market

See our courses on Thinkific. http://bit.ly/datauclasses

See our live events on Eventbrite. http://bit.ly/freshstart-events

See our previous history as Freshstart Bootcamp below.


Freshstart Bootcamp was a creation of the Mayor's Office of Economic Opportunity and with key feedback from Ms. Jan Perry. We are excited about the expansion of the program and look forward to collaborating with each of your WorkSource centers more deeply.

Freshstart Bootcamp helps candidates from non-traditional backgrounds learn computer science fundamentals and develop careers in the technology industry with major corporations. Trainees — ages 16 to 60 — learn about computational thinking, algorithms, functions, conditionals, abstraction, relay programming and the internet.

Nonprofit partners ensure that candidates are job ready for internships in companies. We are passionate and committed to providing sustainable and long-term economic opportunities for those in Los Angeles in technology using the best of technology.

Freshstart Bootcamp is one of the many Fair Chance Hiring initiatives sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity that create employment opportunities for historically disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles.

Here are some past events with Freshstart Bootcamp:


Hosted by LinkedIn and Data 360, June 2017


FRESHSTART GRADUATIONWith Celebrity @ Siedah Garrett, April 2017


FRESHSTART COMPUTER LITERACY PROGRAMHighlights of activities from January 2017 to April 2017


This was our initial computer literacy program produced with Code.org. Our websites are currently undergoing maintenance and a change with our hosting provider. They should be up around the holiday or after.


We created a career track training curriculum to rapid prototype working professionals changing careers by offering specialized training for product management, data analysis, big data and other important skills for entry level jobs in tech. See our past events at http://bit.ly/freshstart-events.

How will your activation engage Angelenos to make LA the best place to LEARN​

We will coordinate with student organizations, community college counselors, employment centers and administrations of all major community colleges in Los Angeles county. We have extensive experience in recruiting online and signing up students both to online and in-person classes through Los Angeles county. We have served an estimated 10,000 students and adults over a two-year period.

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

We will measure our success by three key metrics:

1. Enrollments

2. Completions

3. Referrals to social and educations services (for those who are not able to complete the courses)

Our goal is to surface and identify all key issues for the city and county of Los Angeles to understand the true and tangible barriers to gaining tech skills in the young adult population, specifically those who are enrolled at community colleges.

Where do you hope this activation or your organization will be in five years?

We hope to serve at least 200 community college students per college in the next five years. We expect to start with 30 students this year.