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A Skillshare Saturday

Why not connect local high school and elementary students for “Skill-share Saturdays” in community parks? Inspire Creativity, Foster Community, Empower Youth, Build Bridges.

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Background Concept:

Confidence is built within us, but sometimes a guiding hand helps us build it faster.

Why not partner high school students with neighboring elementary school students on weekend “Skill-share Saturdays?”


Benefits:

• High school students gain creative confidence through teaching.

• Elementary school students gain creative exposure and a mentorship they can treasure.

• The community benefits from the newly fostered relationships and new creativity fostered.

• Relatively inexpensive, as it relies on each other’s talents and interests and requires no major infrastructures to be built. Especially if community parks can be permitted!

Challenges:

• Does require some materials costs (crafts and food) and supervision (which is kind of a benefit as well! Increased involvement!)

We can provide youth with the canvas they need to express themselves creatively, and support self-improvement that they create themselves!

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

• Students are partnered together in order to teach each other the crafts and skill workshops within the community that are important to them. • High school students could help with age-appropriate arts and craft corners, acting lessons, gardening tutorials, etc., based on creative skills they enjoy. • Elementary school students can engage in the workshops, or teach high school students about their own favorite skill or craft!

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

As each community can build their own Skill-share Saturday, it can be based on the cultural customs, talents, interests, and skill-sets of that community itself. This is a powerful community bridge builder in any cultural area because of it's inexpensive and customizable nature! Three Main Ingredients: - High school students willing to share a creative interest or talent - An adult or adults willing to help spread the word, monitor, and facilitate involvement! - Younger students (elementary or middle-schooler) who is willing to express themselves, learn, and have fun!

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

Adults from a plethora of community segments who would be willing to spread the word! This would include event planning- choosing the location, the participants, and encouraging participation. Note: Ambitious participants could even ask for some fundraising or sponsorship from local businesses to donate craft supplies, food, or hold workshops at the event!

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Is this a drop in event? It looks like it and I really like that idea. It is great to have the opportunity to just go and try something new!

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DeletedUser

Hi Bettina!

Actually, this idea was inspired by a club (called BuildBridgesLA) a group of students and I co-founded at the University of Southern California! I thought this would be a great way to help creative confidence among youth, and wanted to share it on this space.