High School Student Run Nonprofit Organization Hosts 2022 Commencement Event

After raising nearly $50,000 to fund its Summer 2022 internship program, Project Talent Launch celebrated its progress as an organization at its ceremony in early August.

PHOTO: Project Talent Launch | Commencement event hosted at La Casita Del Arroyo.

News provided by PTL

On Friday, August 5th, community leaders gathered in Pasadena’s historic La Casita Del Arroyo to celebrate PTL, a student-run and student-founded nonprofit aiming to provide internships to all high school students, especially in underserved areas. Every PTL Scholar who completes the program with a positive evaluation receives a $1000 scholarship. Among those present at the event were Pasadena Councilmember Felicia Williams, The Dragon Kim Foundation co-founders Grace Tsai and Daniel Kim, and other members of the PTL community.

This year, the organization has raised nearly $50,000, quadrupling their progress last year, to fund almost 40 internships that will continue throughout the school year. They have earned grants from the Dragon Kim Foundation and have received grants from organizations, such as Himalaya Capital, AGBO, and GoFundMe.

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PHOTO: Project Talent Launch | Commencement event hosted at La Casita Del Arroyo.

At the event, past and present Project Talent Launch scholarship recipients were able to share their experiences with PTL, including 2021 scholars Devan Kelly and Bethany Chow as well as this year’s Ryan Galan Castellanos (Idealab), Logan Davis (The Office of Councilmember Felicia Williams), Summer Yang (Asian American Professional Association), and Fnu Anu (Visible Intellect).

“[Idealab] showed me that all I had sought wasn’t as out of reach as I believed. Because of this, I feel more confident not only in my abilities to interact with people from different fields but in my ability to secure positions in the future,” reflected Gabrielino High School graduate Ryan Galan Castellanos.

In its second year of operation, Project Talent Launch has grown exponentially. Moving forward, the team is excited to continue working towards its mission to build equitable talent pipelines by making meaningful internships more accessible.

Project Talent Launch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You can find more information at their website, www.projecttalentlaunch.org where they have internships available in various industries.

PHOTO: Project Talent Launch | Commencement event hosted at La Casita Del Arroyo.