Apple said on Tuesday afternoon that it is launching a new effort in Los Angeles called Apple Creative Studios, which will help provide career-building mentorship, professional industry skills training, creative resources, and access to Apple's full product lineup of iPhone, iPad, and Macs to underrepresented communities. According to Apple, the new program will include eight to 12 weeks of programming and access to mentors. Apple is initially launching the effort in Los Angeles and Beijing, and will then roll out the effort to Bangkok, London, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. later this year. Apple did not say how it will select participants for the new program. (Image: Larrance "Rance" Dopson, documentary photographer, one of the mentors in the new Apple Creative Studio program).