media lab

For A Bright Future Media Lab is an education program that empowers educators and corporate Technology partners to promote the combination of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the Arts, in partnership with local school districts. This initiative creates an ecosystem for STEM education and hands-on experience to high school students so they can develop important skills and engagement in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Upon entering college, the students will have strong experience with the most advanced tools in the media industry. For A Bright Future will manage the program and its execution.

Leading media technology companies will provide to the academic institution technology donation, training, and equipment installation to support the program. While the school provides a designated space for the Media Lab and may choose to have their teacher(s) lead the program, For A Bright Future may help raise funds with the school to cover a paid educator’s cost. cost of having a paid Program grants will be used to:

  • Fund facilitating the Media Lab.

  • Cover administration costs.

  • Cover  expenses related to the Media Lab, including payroll

Professional technology experts may volunteer to become educators or guest speakers. They may also work for the corporate partner and as part of their employee giving program, donate their time toward the program.

 

There will be an internship program for students to visit real technology worksites within the Corporate Partners’ offices. Some visits will include tours and lectures. While others may include opportunities to perform work activities.

 

We will provide scholarships to select students who participate in the program under our Arts scholarship.

 

As the Media Lab program develops, we will eventually build a network of schools, connected to the program and there will be projects that require collaboration between schools. Additionally, we will have contests fostering teamwork, diverse learning opportunities, and friendly competition between the schools.

 

We selected three of the largest metropolitan cities in the U.S i.e. Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City to test run the inaugural program, scheduled to be launched in 2020.

 

Louis Hernandez Jr., founder, and chairman of the board, was born and raised in Southern California which explains his particular affection for the city of Los Angeles. Poverty adversely affects the lives of many Los Angeles residents as well as the City as a whole, and the residents of concentrated poverty neighborhoods are disproportionately Latino and Black. The community Louis Hernandez’ family was a part of offered a unique view of how diversity can be an empowering tool for success. The shared experiences of his youth with this tapestry of diversity created a powerful vision for working with others to improve our communities with a powerful tool that is education.

 

Mr. Hernandez has taken up residence in Southern Florida, where he devotes time to give back to the local community through philanthropic activities. Also, Most of South Florida's failing schools are in low-income areas. We believe that ensuring quality education for all is central to end extreme poverty. 

 

New-York City (NYC) has a very diverse population but suffers of achievement gap between minority and white students. There are about 839,705 city students – or 74 percent of the total student population – who qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches, a common poverty marker. Black and Hispanic children have a high representation in high-poverty schools with few resources.

 

As a successful investor, technologist and entrepreneur, Louis Hernandez has built a prestigious network of industry leaders, partners and friends in media technology, which offers incredible partnership opportunities in support to the Media Lab Program.

  • Location vetting (classrooms).

  • Educators vetting and management.

  • Technology donation coordination.

  • Internship placement coordination.

  • Technology Expert Volunteer Coordination including fingerprinting and background checks

  • Organize collaboration efforts and competitions among participating schools

  • Serve as a point of contact for both all program stakeholders.

  • The high school donates a space and assigns an educator to run the Media Lab Program.

  • The school may assign their teacher(s) to the Media lab or may have the support of professional volunteers.

  • Interns management.

School benefits:

  • Increase attractability leading to the increase of student enrollment.

  • Utilizes tech companies' state-of-the-art donated equipment and tools.

  • Strengthens relationship with the local tech industry.

  • Creates strategic partnerships with local industry. 

  • Connects extended learning opportunities to student's career cluster of choice. 

  • Keeps education current by addressing employer needs. 

  • Provides STEM learning opportunities for teachers

  • Complements and reinforces values, culture and the learning opportunities that schools can provide for their students

  • Partnerships can serve to strengthen, support, and even transform individual partners, resulting in improved program quality, more efficient use of resources, and better alignment of goals and curricula

Student benefits:

  • Fosters an understanding about in-demand careers in which students might be passionate about.

  • Provides real-world knowledge and experience of the expectations and workplace demands that employers have.

  • Develops technical job skills as well as soft skills (i.e., collaboration, creativity/innovation, communication, critical thinking and problem solving). 

  • Demonstrates relevance between academic courses and workplace requirements.

  • Provides professional references for future college and/or job applications. 

  • Provides a platform for relationships, advice, direction and guidance from experienced professionals, and role models that many would not have otherwise had.

  • Builds leadership skills, a positive self-image and self-confidence.

  • May provide elective credits.

  • Enhances career portfolio and highlights for resumes. This will strengthen their ability to obtain future jobs, obtain future scholarships, and help with acceptance into college.

  • Develop a strong sense of self-efficacy and are better prepared for a wide variety of workplaces.

  • Students will also learn valuable life skills including:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Project Planning.

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Provides in-kind donations (technology equipment), training and installation.

  • Provides externship opportunities.

Corporate benefits:

  • Strengthens partnership with schools and builds a positive community image. 

  • New market opportunities: the students may become regular clients due to the positive brand image association. And friends and family may become new clients through word-of-mouth.

  • Assists young people in finding a career in which she/he might be passionate about. 

  • Assists young people in understanding what employers expect of employees. 

  • Contributes to academic growth of students and prepares a highly skilled future workforce. Roughly 65% of paid internships turn into full-time job offers.

  • Provides an opportunity to share experiences, insights, and knowledge with students and, subsequently, improves supervisory and motivational skills of employees. 

  • Energizes current employees who serve as a mentor. Fresh ideas often spark inspiration and motivation.

  • Facilitates recruitment of qualified employees and/or interns with lower training and recruitment costs and increased employee retention. 

  • Increased company presence is created among students, parents, school staff, and the community. This creates a positive image that increases company profits and competitive advantage

  • Windows or Mac workstation

  • Sound Equipment

  • Video Equipment

  • Media Software

  • Films or TV Series development

  • Sports coverage

  • Political and or news correspondence

  • Education

  • Healthcare

  • Leadership Development

  • Media and The Arts

Externships:

  • Participants in the Media Lab Program will have externship opportunities provided by Corporate Partners. These will provide experiential learning opportunities similar to internships but shorter in length, lasting anywhere from a few hours to several weeks.

  • Utilizes employers' state-of-the-art workplace to enhance student learning at significantly reduced or zero cost. 

Benefits for the Community:  

  • Produces a world-class workforce that drives a vibrant regional economy. 

  • Improves the recruitment pool of qualified employees. 

  • Improves the local and regional economy.

  • Improves prosperity and the quality of life for all citizens. 

Our role in the Media Lab Program:

Academic Partnership:

Corporate Partnership:

Equipment and Software Needed

Types of Activities, Projects, Assignments

Vocational Focus

Extended Learning

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