2018 Grants Challenge

Educating & empowering high-school dropouts incarcerated youth+otherwise disengaged 16-24yr humans.

High School for Recording Arts (20 years) is teaming up with Mentoring Adolescents for Personal & Professional Success (MAPPS), a choice-based human development program leading youth to productivity


Please describe the activation your organization seeks to launch.

HSRA has selected the MAPPS leadership team as their replication partner in Los Angeles. As part of that effort, we hope to launch our HSRA/MAPPS school program in July 2018. We will recruit 40 -100 under-served teens in the first year. Community partners such as Dignity Health,YWCAGLA, as well as other government programs such as California Conservation Corps have expressed interest in a similar collaboration to improve their services.

Which of the LEARN metrics will your activation impact?​

District-wide graduation rates

Suspension and expulsion rates

Youth unemployment and underemployment

Will your proposal impact any other LA2050 goal categories?​

LA is the best place to CREATE

LA is the best place to PLAY

LA is the best place to CONNECT

LA is the healthiest place to LIVE

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

Central LA

East LA

South LA

How will your activation mobilize Angelenos?​

Trainings and/or in-person engagements

Encourage businesses to change practices

Increase participation in political processes

Influence individual behavior

Connect Angelenos with impactful volunteer opportunities

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

High School for Recording Arts is looking to replicate their highly successful model (20 years in St. Paul,MN) in downtown LA and they have selected the MAPPS leadership team as their partner. MAPPS is powered by the Implicit Career Search (ICS http://www.theimplicitcareersearch.com) which has served over 100,000 participants globally from a variety of age ranges. Coupled with The Human Element (https://thehumanelement.com) this program would not otherwise be accessible to this population due to the prohibitive costs. As a certified practitioner in both practices, Leili Eghbal along with the MAPPS team will be responsible for the delivery of these trainings not only at HSRA but at other partner organizations such as the YWCAGLA, The Anti Recidivism Coalition, and Dignity Health among others. We believe we can affect district wide graduation rates because HSRA's current model attracts drop-outs, meaning that all those kids now have a real shot at a high school diploma. We want the kids that no one else wants. HSRA boasts a 100% college acceptance for graduates. In addition, MAPPS which will be part of the curriculum, is a choice-based approach to career exploration and planning unlike any these kids will ever be exposed to. Organizations across the globe have used this methodology with impressive results among various populations. The underlying assumption throughout MAPPS is that not only do we each have a unique contribution to deliver during our lives, we also implicitly and deeply desire to make this contribution. This is our "work".

Some stats:

Camby Group 70 participants: results 4 months after program

Total employed or doing productive work

Standard Job Services 31% ICS 78%

Off income assistance due to employment

Standard Job Services 4%. ICS 13%

Burger Chain

% of trainers becoming managers

Pre-ICS 50% Post ICS 85%

% of managers remaining with chain

Pre-ICS 20% Post ICS 70%

Average training time to become a manager

Pre-ICS 2 years Post ICS 1 year

Brentwood Bay Resort

Staff engagement

Pre-ICS 62% Post ICS 87%

Staff turnover (industry average 66%)

Pre-ICS 52% Post ICS 7%

In addition, 70 participants were polled as to their beliefs about themselves in five different areas at the beginning and end of a 10 day workshop. The results showed a 35% increase in Self-Efficacy (greater independence, stronger belief in planning, less reliance on others); 30% increase in Self-Esteem; 30% increase in Self-Determination; 25% increase in Resiliency (increased flexibility in personal life, clearer understanding of today's job market and the role of education in it) and 18% increase in Self-Awareness.

We hope to create a fully-supported leaning environment where students not only receive a high school diploma, but are once again engaged with increased awareness regarding past behaviors, greater focus, confidence and organizational skills to support achievement of activities towards their Employment goal.

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

We hope to activate the youth who are our future. The population we intend to engage is 16-24 year olds who have been cast aside and who are currently unproductive and unhappy...a greater environmental problem.

Our activation will rely on the strength of our team and our partners. We have backgrounds ranging from the media and publishing, high tech, education, the music industry and the private sector. We intend to increase awareness through our website, ongoing events and awareness campaigns, social media and blogging.

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

We will define our success with the completion of our school pilot in the 2018/2019 academic year teaming up with Youth Build, followed up by a new and separate charter in September 2019. In addition, we hope to provide a housing component for the students which will be like a dorm but with other supportive services such as a clinic, fitness facilities, a communal kitchen, a garden, and an event center.

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

We hope this activation will help us serve an HSRA student body of 400 in 5 years and we hope to extend the MAPPS program into all high schools as part of their curriculum.

We believe the impact of our program is much greater than the individual students. We hope to affect all humans in one way or another. We believe we are creating a healthier environment and planet.