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Youth Mentor Challenge Design Principles

As we jump into another collaborative phase of our Youth Mentor Challenge, here are some design principles to guide our efforts:

Let’s keep diversity in mind 
While fleshing out our ideas, let’s keep in mind that we are designing for a wide range of ages – young people (ages 15-24) and older adults (over the age of 50). Let’s also consider the diversity and life stages among each group: 15-24 year olds include high schoolers and college students while multiple generations exist among of older adults: working people, retired people, parents & grandparents, very active seniors among many others. Let’s do our best to design solutions that consider multiple life stages.
Let's be positive and inviting
Language is powerful. Throughout this challenge we have the awesome opportunity reframe the way we talk and think about what mentoring really means. What fresh terms can we infuse into the way we express our ideas? How might we use language to help bust stereotypes and myths about mentorship? Let’s bring a fun and playful energy to mentorship that feels delightful and inviting!
Let's find ways to easily prototype our ideas.
One of the best ways to strengthen our ideas is to ask questions and test assumptions. What elements of an idea might you easily and quickly be test in the real world with young people and older adults in your own community? ​

Let's view technology as an enabler
Technology is an incredible tool for connection, though its impact is only as strong as the idea behind it. Let’s keep in mind that while technology can often act as the vehicle or accelerator for an idea, its not the entire solution.

Let's design for mutual benefit 
When both people in a mentoring relationship have the opportunity to equally give and receive, and see inherent value in that exchange, the result feels positive for both sides. Our most human-centered ideas will likely consider this bi-directional aspect where both young people and older adults will benefit.  
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