Many students and young adults are rarely given the opportunity to be creative without boundaries. Being given the tools and opportunities to work in the creative sphere is usual reserved to a select few and many times those who seek it out are alienated for their desire to think different. Not only are opportunities limited but also knowledge about ways to be creative. Unless accepted as an “exceptionally creative person” many are not acknowledged positively either.
At the same time, most young adults complain about constantly being board and entertain themselves with unhealthy habits. Instead if creative outlets were made to keep kids engaged, not only could they build their creative confidence but humanity could harness the most powerful resource of all, pure, unadulterated, open minded creativity.
To address all of these issues, communities could create design dens. Locations (such as the local library, book store, gym, any place that kids can hang out) can host a challenge a week by providing tools and space for kids to come in and create. Similar to studio time for artists, they can be a place where young adults can come spend their time but still work on a creative outlet. The equipment does not have to be expansive or costly, nor does there have to be an intricate reward system or mandatory involvement every week but simple competitions could be used to drive motivation. Mostly, these open studio session would allow for kids to have a safe, productive location to hang out in while also engaging in creative projects to fortify their creative confidence.