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Working alongside other young people who share the same passion, youth can inspire each other, develop their creative confidence, and make vital contributions to the communities in which they live.

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    Inspired by an idea to use social action as a vehicle to cultivate creative confidence and empower youth, combined with the BIG NEWS that kids/youth want to learn and do by focusing on what they care about and enjoy, this is a proposal to invite youth to join a passion specific group that will work to identify and tackle needs within their communities by employing what they love to do.
    The groups can invite community members to brainstorm for ideas around needs.  They can also invite them to participate in the design process which can be guided by toolkits.
    Young teens will need mentors to guide them in their groups.  University students or young adults can choose to work with a mentor or dive in on their own with toolkits for guides.
     My inspiration is The Rural Studio and the work Samuel Mockbee, architect, educator, and painter.  Everyone rich or poor deserves the benefit of good design.  "Everyone, rich or poor, deserves a shelter for the soul."  (A design build program located in Hale County, Alabama - a program of Auburn University, School of  Architecture.)

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.

UPDATE 11/13 Study abroad with a posse with Passion4Action. A group of 10 with the same passion will go on a study abroad program which will include a service component. The group will apply their passion and skills towards a problem in a community in their host country. The project will be carried out throughout the study abroad period allowing them to immerse themselves in the local culture and community. They will utilize a design thinking toolkit as an approach to problem solving and while doing so will also introduce it to the local community. This becomes a further opportunity for exchange between the two cultures. Find a passion group- and invite them to have a conversation about the concept.-- Post notices on a campus, find a Meet Up etc. sample groups - bike club, language majors, skiiers, hikers, writers, animators etc etc. Are they interested? Potential? Input? Dialogue with community leaders. Are they interested in this concept? Do they see potential in it? UPDATE 11/10/13 CONSULTATIONS with moms, and a 26 y/o kindergarden teacher. Feedback - 1) One mom felt the concept has potential but it is too broad. I had the sense that she could not visualize what the passion groups would have to offer in any specific way. 2) One friend suggested opening the idea to FAMILY PASSION GROUPS. She based this on her experiences starting a project in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She visits every summer ,with one or both daughters, age 22 and 26. They have been going since volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. They visit the same community and do art projects with the local children. When they first went her kids were 15 and 19. They share art as a passion. They use it as a vehicle to promote healing for these kids who were traumatized by the loss of their homes and belongings during the Hurricane. My friend is a therapist so she focuses on this need in this community. In her opinion the experience has had a profound positive effect on her kids and being together during the experience is one reason for it. Parents as enablers can increase the positive aspects of this concept. 3) The 26 y/o - although she liked the concept and saw it's potential she felt she was too old to be in the target group. Insights - 1 - FAMILY PASSION GROUPS - great idea to consider seriously. 2 - Communication is key - Produce a diagram and include examples, in order to best explain the concept to potential target users. Start this now! 3 - Some young adults do not consider themselves to be part of the target group. How can we engage them?

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?

Communities have individual needs. People and place matter. Local communities can assess their own needs and enlist their own passion groups. If they have specific needs but not the resources or skills within the community, a passion group from outside could come in to assess, assist and educate. If this proposal is tested and succeeds here in the US I think it would be simple to spread the idea. Use an NGO to bring it to another region. Use social media to spread the concept.

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

toolkits passionate people to mentor a group, or to start a group at a university


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I really like this Bettina! bringing people, minds and creativity together through their passion is something exciting!
I am also always up for an abroad program considering I did it myself and it was amazing.
I also wanna answer Eric, who's asking about the individual.
Well, this "group" concept will definitely work super to develop the single person. If someone is not that confident and need an input this is something will get from this group experience.
I believe this is a great point of view and that the personal grow have a better outcome when coming from a group session.
Good work

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Hi Francesco. Thank you for checking out Passion For Action. I agree that utilizing your passion within a group can be a very positive experience. The group can do great work for a community and the individuals in the group can develop their creative confidence along the way.
I have another concept up in the evaluation phase. Take a look especially since you like travel - it is a tourism program! It is also a program in which youth work together in groups, this time to develop tours. They will then work as guides and show their peers their interests/passions and neighborhoods! I would be happy to get your thoughts on the idea and an evaluation! Thanks Francesco! Tina

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