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Inneract Project: Serving Inner-City Youth

Inneract Project allows professionals to teach design classes to middle school students within the San Francisco Bay Area. Classes are free, all on Saturdays, and include a range of disciplines: graphic design, architecture, photography and fashion.

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"Under-served youth have the least access and exposure to fields in design. IP's vision is to provide middle school students access to these fields in an inspirational college setting, at an age when aptitude and curiosity can be best harvested. We do this by connecting the design community with urban communities, schools and families in a collaborative effort to help under-resourced youth achieve their highest potential."

Natural Disasters Aid, a recent class theme, had students designing an emergency temporary shelter and an easy-to-build manual for individuals or families. Students also worked with local designers on producing universal graphics for an earthquake preparedness manual.
It was incredible to see the students spring into action and develop creative models. They were excited to tackle these issues and unafraid to ask questions. I'd love to see this opportunity be shared with young students in other countries.


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Wow – amazing that they are teaching classes on Natural Disaster Aid – brilliant topic!

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it's a great idea to teach kids design!
I participated once in a workshop for even younger children (6-12 yrs) and was surprised how creative, out-of-the-box and thought-through their ideas were.