By Kevin Clark

Monday evening, April 27, 150 digital media executives and a few Compton Unified School District students gathered for a think-tank discussion about building the mother of all mentorship programs centered around the White House’s My Brothers Keepers initiatives and building healthy candidates to meet the workforce needs of tomorrow.

MBK High School Music Company120

Dakar Foundation was invited to the My Brothers Keepers Summit in Compton were we met the new director, Michael D. Smith appointed my President Obama to lead the charge.  As we followed Michael’s Community Challenge journey across the country  we kept our eye on models for partnership with stakeholders in the  cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago.


We felt the need to invite Michael to Los Angeles County to dialogue with Dakar and our partners, Compton Unified School District and Digital Hollywood abut the possibilities of aggregating efforts of corporation and mentors unique to entertainment and technology workforce development,


Masters Of Ceremonies, Victor Harwood, Leo Rodgers, Moderator, Terrence Coles, Superintendent Darin Brawley, District Ambassador Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, Kashif, Angela Turner, Larry Hood

The topic for the event was “The Industry can do more than Give Back”  It can jumpstart the lives of high school students with a gift for music and the desire to get started in life’s career path.  The Industry can help.  The Industry can encourage and excite them and give them a head start.

The goal of The High School Music Company is, through learning tools, tutorials and discussion – online and in person – educate, inspire, open doors and welcome a new generation of talent into the industry with health and wellness oversight.

The Outcomes from the event were; A call to action to organize in sub-committees for future activities.  There was also a plea for getting more student leaders on the board to hear and activate their voices.

Most importantly, there’s was an overwhelming sense of timing and purpose to discuss the many ways mentors can impact inner-city youth, albeit a sense that these urban Millennials could help baby-boomers in exchange.



dakarUCLA Hollywood Study: Audiences Favor Diversity In Entertainment

Repost From LA Times

The country’s increasingly multicultural audiences are becoming frustrated with seeing films with all-white casts. They are demanding more projects with diverse casts and themes, and Hollywood producers are going to have to adjust if they hope to keep pace with popular tastes. Read more


Dakar Foundation is recruiting mentors and human resource specialist to assist us in qualifying 100 8th graders from underserved school districts to become charter members of a pipeline development program to impact Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach.  

With the guidance of the American Apprenticeship Initiative, we will achieve this goal, and seek to collaborate with other like minded-spirited organizations across the country to put talent into leadership positions to increase the numbers of minorities in emerging fields where technology and digital media meet.


Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers at Faster Pace

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world’s factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing manufacturing labor costs down 16 percent, a February report said.

The Boston Consulting Group predicts that investment in industrial robots will grow 10 percent a year in the world’s 25-biggest export nations through 2025, up from 2 percent to 3 percent a year now. The investment will pay off in lower costs and increased efficiency read more


Tuesday Feb 10th

Ray Kurtzman Theater, CAA


CAA hosted a energy charged panel of opportunities for African Americans in Hollywood. The event was co-produced by the Multicultural Committee of CAA and the Los Angeles Urban League. The theater and an overflow room of aspiring to seasoned media types were the recipients of testimonials from the panel as well as a spirited question and answer session. The panelist are featured below:


The STEAM Career Fair brings together students from Compton Unified School District, to mentors, career developers and representatives of apprenticeship programs. The goal is to create an exchange to prepare underserved students for meeting STEAM apprenticeship requirements, and to ultimately coach them-up for for competing for new or existing apprenticeship programs.

Career Courseware Annex

  • Making, Design, Innovation and 3D Printing
  • Technology in Schools: Projects and Collaborations
  • Educational Tools
  • Students and Social Media
  • Entrepreneurship

How Are The Students Planning It?

In planning the conference, the students developed a career fair mission statement. The conference, by students and for all, is committed to:

Fostering a better understanding of how students use technology and to engage students, teachers and administrators in a conversation about STEAM career paths. Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how students use technology both in and out of the classroom.

Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers, and administrators about technology in the classroom.

The students have started an indiegogo  campaign to fund the conference infrastructure. The campaign will fund a series of career fair events to create a Youtube channel as well provide student participants with media credits.


SCF provides a unique opportunity for students to both collaborate with each other and to connect with subject experts in STEAM education from a diverse point of view.. Using forums such as social media week, educators can develop and implement unique learning and leadership opportunities for students to achieve mass penetration in inner city class rooms around the country.

To Change Lives !

We are looking for people, companies and organizations that want to make a difference and want to grow their interests among this very important demographic.

There are many ways in which this initiative can be supported:

  • Monetary support
  • Donation of equipment
  • Commitment of people who are interested in speaking to or mentoring students
  • Internship/training opportunities

For many students, the future is something that happens to them.

Dakar Foundation (a 5013C non profit) is working with Compton Unified School District to provide resources to these students so that they can begin to see, not only the possibilities, but the path they need to take to get there.

While resources are an immediate concern, role models, mentors and opportunities through internships are critical to ensure success.



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