Members of the YD Class of 2012 with Denise Korn, Founder,
Ricardo Rodriguez, Board Member and Event Chair, Javier Cortes, Board Member Alisa Aronson, Education Specialist and Dhakir Warren, Program Director
Abraham Nyei, Youth Design Class of 2012 with designer
mentor Kate Hensley, Suffolk Construction in front of the live art wall
Good times working the cupcake raffle!!
Playing to win big! Event attendees try their luck
and compete for luxurious prizes from Boston’s top designers and lifestyle brands
Whether you won big playing classic carnival games, lucked out at the cupcake raffle, took a dive in the bouncy house, or sketched on the live art wall – Youth Design’s “Rally for Change” Celebration was certainly not your “typical chicken dinner.” We have all been to our fair share of those. The kind where you keep looking at your program to determine how much more you have to endure or if there will be an opportunity to make a quick exit. A complete snooze-fest! Well you’ll never experience that at a Youth Design production! The “Rally for Change” Celebration showcased the spirit of an organization committed to using design as a vehicle to place urban high school students on the path to a professional career.
Excitement filled the rooms! Creative energy was flowing, in addition to those fantastic specialty cocktails — served to adults only of course! The real magic was the celebration of all of our young, diverse, emerging designers. The innovators and trend setters of tomorrow. The young men and women, many of whom face difficult circumstances in their daily lives, but are nonetheless passionate and dedicated to developing their creative talents and themselves. Guests were inspired by the Youth Designers and saw first hand that their passion is real, their talent is real and their opportunities are endless!
Youth Design may be small now, but we are mighty and we are growing! We will continue to rally the design community and encourage the private sector to roll up their sleeves and invest in mentoring the next generation of diverse designers. And we will continue to deliver high-quality programing to bring about life-changing impact on the lives of the students we serve.
Thank you to all of our event sponsors, design mentor firms and volunteers. We value your dedication and support of Youth Design. You play a critical role in our growth and ongoing success!
And congratulations again to Youth Design’s "Mentor of the Year" Award Recipients. We value your leadership and your work to impact the lives of Boston Youth!
Linda Nathan - Mentor of the Year
Jason Stevens - “Up and Coming” Mentor of the Year
Jason Talbot - “Up and Coming” Mentor of the Year
We look forward to seeing you all again next year and thank you again for RALLYING WITH US!
Ricardo Rodriguez and Michael Kelley, Event Chairs
Denise Korn, Founder and
Dhakir Warren, Program Director