About Our Workshops

 

Having access to skill building workshops that differ from traditional academic skills being learned in school is important. We believe we can teach these skills while showing youth that they can make change in their environments.

Students will be tasked to analyze their own neighborhoods, to propose and design a neighborhood intervention, and in advanced workshops, build their designed object in the real world. Students make an immediate impact in their communities and begin to think and analyze at a systemic level.

 
  1) “I’ve never been downtown before. My parents don't work there so there's no point in going for us. Why won’t they build some of those big buildings in our neighborhood?”

1) “I’ve never been downtown before. My parents don't work there so there's no point in going for us. Why won’t they build some of those big buildings in our neighborhood?”

 
  2) "Wow, what's going on out here? Looks like a gallery or something. Let's check it out."

2) "Wow, what's going on out here? Looks like a gallery or something. Let's check it out."

  3) “Our neighborhood has a lot of empty lots. Maybe we can change them into something nice for the community.”

3) “Our neighborhood has a lot of empty lots. Maybe we can change them into something nice for the community.”

 
  4) “How are your benches coming? I can’t wait for everyone to see our designs at the opening party tomorrow!”

4) “How are your benches coming? I can’t wait for everyone to see our designs at the opening party tomorrow!”

  5) “Our neighborhood is so beautiful! It feels good to use my hands to make a difference. We should start designing something for that empty lot on the next block...”

5) “Our neighborhood is so beautiful! It feels good to use my hands to make a difference. We should start designing something for that empty lot on the next block...”

 

All cartoons were created by Maya Bird-Murphy