As I continue to think about this challenge, I am drawn toward the idea of creating spaces for young people to learn and grow, that are not wholly academic environments, music venues or movie theaters.
Where is their third space? Can a MILLENNIAL ALLEY truly exist?
Throughout the world, young people are asked to join the political process at voting age requirements of 21, 18 and even 16.
Therefore, societies can better support young people by designing 'gated' communities that youth can identify as places for creatively and strategically gathering resources. There, they can build new skills, hone old ones, and attain fresh and relevant information for employment opportunities and career advancement.
Via the design of an integrated community, MILLENNIAL ALLEY would break down silos by centrally locating the people, resources and organizations in support of youth employment and engagement.
LAB21 can be located in Building B, three blocks away.
An individual can then walk another two blocks to Haiyan's YouthCafe while stopping at an intersection to view advertisements for Andrew Li's Interactive Job Map or Lydia's Experience Bank/CV Lifeline...before continuing on to a pit stop at the Career-Coffee Mobile Truck.
Simon's Youth@Concert can take place monthly, bi-annually, etc in a nearby park.
While we're at it, why not also house Simon's YouthHostel in MILLENNIAL ALLEY?