2021 Grants Challenge

HEXAGON by Nuleep

Idea by Nuleep

Nuleep’s HEXAGON program empowers opportunity youth in Los Angeles with professional and technical skills through experiential learning, peer to peer accountability, and mentorship in STEAM. Through HEXAGON, youths will focus on project management, transferable, and technical job skills to directly apply to work on projects or intern at local LA companies and nonprofits; creating impact and community for the businesses of LA.


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

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles

What is the problem that you are seeking to address?

As of 2018, there are 153,457 residents in LA that qualify as opportunity youth. By 2030, almost 40% of jobs that exist today will no longer exist, and 1 billion individuals globally will be professionally displaced. Nonprofits, bootcamps, and workforce centers exist but opportunity youth don’t have a clear pathway to these opportunities. Nuleep’s team will provide a platform for youths to access and utilize the resources and opportunities in LA. Nuleep’s HEXAGON program builds community with peer to peer experiential learning based on building transferable work readiness skills such as leadership, project management, and communication skills across STEAM sectors. HEXAGON Youths will be part of a 10 week program focused on experiential learning in STEAM to learn the fundamentals of project management and work readiness, followed by hands on work experience at companies and nonprofits. Youths will help businesses scale impact in their communities while building work experience.

Describe the project, program, or initiative that this grant will support to address the problem identified.

Nuleep addresses the lack of support for opportunity youth in LA and provides STEAM afterschool programs with our HEXAGON program. HEXAGON is a community-based, peer to peer plus mentorship opportunity that provides experiential learning bootcamps, resources, and mentorship. Coupled with hands-on projects in partnership with local companies and nonprofits, HEXAGON will feature diverse 10-week focused programs by providing transferable skills, from leadership, communications, and public speaking to technical job skills such as marketing, data science, UX design, software development, business operations, and project management. The culminating annual HEXAGON Conference will double as a pitch competition for students to be able to share what they have learned and accomplished in their partnership with the local companies. Students will be evaluated based on a 100 point system with 1. 25 points for their communication skills, 2. 25 points to storytell their personal growth and project community impact, 3. 25 points for their project & presentation, and 4.25 points for technical skills. The HEXAGON Conference will be an opportunity for students to apply the skills they learned in a real-life context. We will partner and deliver these programs to local high schools, community schools, colleges, and nonprofits in LA County. Hexagon’s mission is to empower students on their career journeys through hands-on, real work experience and experiential learning.

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 250

Indirect Impact: 1,000

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

Every youth in San Francisco receives $1901 of funding compared to opportunity youth in LA at $75. The lack of funding and resources is prevalent throughout their professional careers, and many of these disparities have been exacerbated with COVID. By offering experiential learning and real-life company partnerships, HEXAGON fosters sustainable and scalable personal and professional growth for these opportunity youth. With our student group partnerships, we have youths that will actively engage and be committed to completion since their peers, friends, and community will be part of the journey. Not only will youths be activated for HEXAGON across the chain of student clubs, we will have businesses growing and thriving in Los Angeles by leveraging local LA youths and their potential. Opportunity youth in LA County will be able to successfully enter the job market as prepared employees with transferable skills and be able to start growing their career journeys.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

HEXAGON prioritizes opportunity youth in STEAM to build peer to peer communities that enable youths to stay on track and continue learning. Working with over 1000 youth in LA County during the pandemic with a 95% success rate, Nuleep created scalable professional and personal development opportunities for opportunity youth by providing after school programs; we’ll track our data by using our in-house database system built using MongoDB. We hope to increase the number of 16-24 youth placed into afterschool, work, and internship programs at 5 HEXAGON programs, through the following: 95% of HEXAGON youths will have a career journey map 95% of HEXAGON youths will be enrolled in an afterschool program 95% of HEXAGON youths will be able to successfully apply, interview, and project manage their work 90% of HEXAGON youths will be ready to be placed and perform at work or internship 85% of HEXAGON youths will build direct transferable skills 75% of HEXAGON youths will increase STEAM skills

Which of the LEARN metrics will you impact?​

Enrollment in afterschool programs

Opportunity youth (“Disengaged youth” 16-24 not working or in school)

Proficiency in STEM

Indicate any additional LA2050 goals your project will impact.

LA is the best place to CREATE

LA is the best place to CONNECT