1. “Cutting-edge” teens
Los Angeles County, which is receiving $1.9 billion in ARPA funding, plans to spend $12 million on bridging the digital divide. Part of that will include a $2 million in support for Teen Tech Centers, after-school spaces where students will have access to “cutting-edge technology” and youth-development staff, according to the plan.
The centers were established through a $10 million Best Buy investment announced last May in conjunction with the Greater LA Education Foundation and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. The retailer says it plans to establish 12 LA-area centers, connecting students with technology and software used in industries such as film and music production.