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Opening career pathways for talented urban youth

How it Works For Students

Are you a Boston public high school sophomore who loves to draw, create art, or design? Do you dream of using art or design skills to earn a living? Think you might like a career in graphic design, architecture, product design, web design,or fashion design?
Youth Design has an awesome program for you!



Applying to become a Youth Designer

We are currently accepting applications from Boston public high school sophomores.

If you are interested in applying, please attend one of these INFORMATION SESSIONS:
Thursday, March 10, 4-5:30 pm
Wednesday, March 16, 4-5:30 pm
Saturday, March 19, 1-2:30 pm

All INFORMATION SESSIONS will take place at:
Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt)
Tower Building, 6th Floor
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

You may download the application PDF here or pick up an application at any of the Information Sessions or from your school's PIC counselor.

Please return your completed application (with required attachments) to your school's PIC counselor. COMPLETED APPLICATIONS are due at the Youth Design office by April 5, 2016. Please contact us at with any questions.


Youth Design offers:

• 2 years including 2 full-time PAID summers—build art/design skills, college readiness, and life skills through active learning in college classrooms, jobs in design workplaces, field trips, and special events

• mentoring by and networking with design professionals
• activities throughout the school year including workshops and field trips, college application and academic support, computer design skills training

SUMMER 1: Youth Design Academy
A unique immersive learning experience that combines creative classroom hands-on art and design skill-building with exposure to professional designers and design workplaces. YD Academy students experience pre-college and college-level creative education at MassArt (Massachusetts College of Art and Design) that will nuture your individual artistic interests as well as build skills for real-world professional design practice.

SUMMER 2: Youth Design Workplace Jobs
What would it be like to work as a professional designer? What skills do you need and would you enjoy this kind of work? Find out first-hand while building a variety of transferable skills and developing relationships with adults who can help you reach your career dreams. Each Youth Designer works in a full-time design industry job alongside professional designers who serve as mentors.

School-Year Activities
Workshops in design, computer skills training, community art and/or professional design projects, college application and portfolio development support, workplace training, art/design exhibit visits, and more

Up to $1,750 per summer

For more information and a complete list of 2016 program dates, download our 2-page Fact Sheet

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