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Project FSTOP - Communication Design Externship Concept

Acquire Design Skills That Increase Your (L)earning Potential

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Project FSTOP

Project FSTOP is a budding concept I'm working on to get design tools to local K-12. The OpenIDEO community inspired the idea of taking it further:

This concept is a paid externship program focused on teaching photography and communication design skills that help youth:

  1. Earn better grades in any academic subject.
  2. Significantly build their resumes with in-demand skills.
  3. Get a foot in the door to a possible design career.
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Who does this idea benefit, who are the main players and what's in it for them?

This benefits two specific audiences, employers and youth. 16-24 year olds gain tangible skills, and more importantly real work experience making them more marketable. It will save employers time and resources, make the most out of internships, and help them better connect with great young talent.

How is your idea specifically increasing access to employment opportunities and pathways for young people?

Working directly with a practitioner; walk away with real skills; walk away with paid work experience.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Test it out by doing a very small project together with a young person.

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

Any and all advice and collaboration!

The idea emerged from:

  • A group brainstorm

How do you envision your idea being implemented?

  • Keen to prototype it, find partners and pursue implementation


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I liked the way you present. It took me 5 secs to catch the concept.

"Change by Design" the book has many inputs. Tim Brown mentions about his life journey and design strategies that can improve an individual to an organization. CCA - California Institute of Arts, SF provides an MBA in Design Strategy and not many universities offer that. # An online support will help many by stating potential examples that has helped individuals to companies by simply changing their design quotient.

Acquiring skills means it needs to be experiential and practiced based . A tangible work ex will provide efficient skills in design. How to provide the work ex for projects where people can visit the place, work for a small period, complete the project, get feedback and use them forever?

Formal education helps us to solve case studies, teaches about how's and why's but it actually does not explain very well to face uncertainties in design strategy. What are those projects going to be?


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Thanks, Pri! Indeed, design can take you into many cool academic and career paths. I think you're on the right path with the future projects query.

Lecturing > Case Studies > Project-Based > Experiential > ? ? ?

What follows experiential learning is what excites me most. At the ed tech startup I'm part of, we call that a "supra-curricular" space. I'll be working the framework into the discussions toward the delivery stage of the challenge. I'll be throwing some related queries your way RE Routine Based Resume and your other posts!

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Lecturing > Case Studies > Project-Based > Experiential > Work Ex Creation > Skill highlights > Attending Jobs IVs with confidence > Change by Design > Apply > Relearn > Unlearn > New Lectures > Case studies > Projects > Experiential > Career Growth

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What do you think?

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I'm thinking
" " " > Experiential > Teach

Will play with different post-experientials!

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