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Gaby Brenes commented on Mik: a CareerLab to empower our youth

Hi Kate,

Thank you so much for your input! :) While the projects for this first Mik pilot are yet to be decided, we have a use case that kind of serves as an example. After some human-centered design (HCD) sprints, one group developed an "Uber-like" platform to match students with subject-tutors. A few students graduated from high school and now work at this startup. A different group did some HCD exercises, and it resulted in a few organizational changes in the Costa Rica National System of Artistic Education for Social Inclusion.

Regarding the type of professionals, some will provide assistance to every team, others will be sought "ad hoc".
Certain professionals will provide counseling to all the team members, for example mentors who can teach about storytelling, visual communication, presentation/pitch design, public speaking, business model, etc.
Other professionals will serve as topic counselors depending on the projects at hand. For instance, many students are interested in forced migration and refugees because Costa Rica is one of the main destinations for migrants in Central America and the Caribbean. These teams will require the expertise of social workers, policy makers, sociologists, etc. Fortunately, there are various professionals willing to contribute with their time and expertise on that subject.

We also have contacted various organizations who will be part of a kick-off event for the proper design thinking sprint. These organizations will "pitch" different issues they're facing right now, so it can help students spark their creativity and identify needs and opportunities to work on. Some of the main topics are: gender equality, sustainable energy, animal protection, access to education, migration and refugees, public healthcare and housing.

One of the things I find important is that the results of these projects may serve as feedback to our universities, so they can step up their game, update their curriculum and allow more experimental instances for students to develop their ideas.

Mik is still a work in progress, of course, so we welcome any constructive feedback that can help us improve this initiative. Any thoughts about that? Thank you for taking the time to review this and provide such helpful feedback :D