Inneract Project empowers underserved students through design education that links them to opportunities to explore design in college, career, and life.
Inneract Project (IP) is a professionally-supported program that provides free design classes and initiatives to inner-city youth, in order to introduce them to the field of design and channel their creativity into viable career paths. Our program includes 1) a Youth Design Academy, which is one 8-week class session per year that provides middle school students with hands-on design exercises 2) Learning Labs, which are workshops, lectures and studio tours throughout the year for middle and high schoolers, and 3) Designed., an ongoing video series documenting designers, celebrities and everyday people’s stories about design.
We believe that by surfacing pathways to the field of design and providing professional mentorship, we can boost student success, ultimately leading to an increase in diversity in design and technology. To achieve this, we engage practicing designers and other professionals to teach students about their respective disciplines.
Inneract Project’s vision is to create a more diverse community of designers in technology by enabling underserved youth to access the skills, resources and opportunities necessary to learn about and work in the field.
Our theory of change is to (1) provide nationwide classes with hands-on learning exercises to teach design, collaboration and critical thinking skills, (2) partner with design professionals, schools, community groups, companies and stakeholders in design and technology, (3) support multi-stakeholder networks and existing advocates to influence diversity practices and strategies, (4) share statistics and diversity approaches through research and communications, and (5) help provide access to educational and work opportunities for racially and economically diverse communities, then IP and its partners can substantially contribute to an increase in diversity in the fields of design and technology, which will create a better representation of ideas in new and existing businesses.
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