Program Spotlight: Communities, connected

On March 19th, students, families, educators, designers and community leaders gathered at Yelp HQ in San Francisco for the second annual Inneract Project Back-to-Design Night.

A community event, we built awareness around design and held an open conversation about the power of design and what it can do for the lives of young people and their communities. 

We kicked off the evening with a bite to eat from local black-owned restaurant Isla Vida and a word from Inneract Project founder, Mo Woods. 

Next, we heard two inspiring design professionals share their career journeys. Maya Patterson, a product designer at Facebook, and Christian Benjamin, the founder of Story MKTG, discussed how they discovered their passion for design and walked through day-to-day jobs.

“My mom asked me ‘what do you like to do’ and I said ‘I like my iPhone…’ I was totally immersed with how the phone worked, from there I discovered user experience design” —Maya Patterson

Following the career journey talks, families and community leaders connected with the speakers through a Q&A session moderated by Inneract Project parent, April Black. 

Students broke off to do a design activity with designers, brainstorming and sketching pieces for a personal logo.  

We’re thrilled to see what students create at Youth Design Academy and excited to continue connecting communities through events like Back-to-design Night. See you next time!

Thank you to everyone who attended and to the volunteers who made this event possible!