Inspiring the next generation

Mentoring initiatives connect college students and professional designers with students in under-served high schools to execute projects around compelling social themes.

Initiatives are supported by a robust set of open-source guidebooks and documents that give even the inexperienced mentor the tools they need to successfully complete projects, while providing a rewarding experience for students and for themselves. Design Ignites Change is currently supporting these initiatives:

School: by Design, in partnership with The Designers Accord, is a youth mentoring initiative that asks high school students – in collaboration with their college or professional design mentors – to “redesign your school.”

Create! Don’t Hate. is built around the theme of tolerance. For this initiative, students and their design mentors create powerful public billboards that address tolerance in a variety of compelling and thought-provoking ways. The program is designed to give participating students the tools and guidance they need to create an impactful message that will have broad visibility within their community.

Helping Kids Create mentoring guides—developed by Worldstudio and the AIGA mentoring task force—are resources for individuals and organizations interested in creating mentoring programs with an emphasis on the visual arts.