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Opening career pathways for talented urban youth

Design Education

Design education and design skills training are at the core of Youth Design’s curriculum. Our unique combination of on-the-job, hands-on learning and educational offerings are geared to prepare Youth Designers with an understanding of the skills required in order to be successful in the 21st century workforce. Through our creative mix of out-of-school time workshops, technical training, cultural learning opportunities, and immersive professional workplace experiences, Youth Design’s curriculum is committed to developing the “whole student,” resulting in increases in critical thinking skills, problem-solving techniques, confidence, and self-reliance—all necessary for urban youth to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

  


ABOVE: YOUTH DESIGN ALUMNI PHIL AGUIRE ASSISTANT TEACHING IN THE YOUTH DESIGN ACADEMY AT MASS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, SUMMER 2014

Our curriculum and methodology are built on an innovative approach to leveraging the professional design community and the greater world of design as a vehicle for social change. With design education and design skills training at its core, Youth Design’s curriculum is focused on delivering long-lasting change through a combination of exposure, education, and access to and training in the professional design industry. This is paired with critical personal growth and youth development
skill-building in the areas of college readiness, critical problem solving, creative thinking, leadership development, cultural enrichment, and workforce readiness.


Full-Year Programming

Our programming has been developed to cover three overarching areas of education and development for our Youth Designers throughout their Youth Design experience. These take place as full-day workshops on Saturdays during the school year and Thursday morning workshops during the Summer Immersion session.

DESIGN EDUCATION &
TECHNICAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS
at MassArt, Computer Labs &
Design Classrooms

CULTURAL ENRICHMENT / 
ACCESS & EXPOSURE
TO PROFESSIONAL DESIGNERS

across Boston

CAREER DEVELOPMENT &
COLLEGE READINESS SUPPORT

at both Professional Design Firms
& at MassArt

 

Core Elements 

YD ACADEMY Provides paid summer learning-based activities and structured education for rising urban highs school juniors with a dual-credit course, Fundamentals in Design, taught at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
by college-level instructors.

YD STUDIO Provides Mac workstations fully loaded with Adobe Creative Suite software, as well as online training access. Our design studio enables interactive training for students, enabling them to learn and enhance their computer skills via work on professional design projects.
 

Curriculum Key Focus Areas

PRE-COLLEGE DESIGN EDUCATION:
Identifying and Critiquing

DESIGN THINKING:
Problem Solving Through the Lens of Design

DESIGN SKILLS TRAINING:
Pre-College Design Skill Building

DESIGN ADVANCEMENT:
Design as Career Pathway
 

Primary Methodology
Delivery Vehicles

CLASSROOM LEARNING taught in a college setting by college design educators and professional designers.

MENTORING by professional designers through paid, on-the-job immersive placements at design firms and communications departments across greater Boston.

VISITS IN THE FIELD with professional design leaders and experts providing direct access, exposure, and networking opportunities.

HOSTED VISITS to cultural institutions in a variety of realms that compliment the design training—from museums to theatres to involvement with interactive civic projects.

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