Inneract Project empowers underserved youth through design education and links them to opportunities to explore design in career and life.
Inneract Project (IP) is a professionally-supported organization that provides a pathway of free design classes and initiatives to youth from underserved communities, in order to introduce them to the field of design and channel their creativity into viable career paths.
Our initiatives are based on three pillars: education, advocacy, and entrepreneurship and include 1) Youth Design Academy 1 +2, multi-week classes introducing design to middle school students, 2) Learning Labs, 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.
IP’s vision is to bring design to more underserved communities and create a more diverse community of designers in technology by enabling a pathway of skills, resources and opportunities necessary to learn about and work in the field.
Theory of Change
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.
IP Board + Advisors