Under the leadership of Monina Velarde, our Spring AIGA Mentor Program group (Amanda Amyx, Buddy Boor, Diba Salimi, Kaity Li, Katy Dondzila, Shannon Delaney, Kelby Hawn and myself) agreed on the objective of creating a newsprint piece aimed toward high school students in the Chicago area. The objective of the piece was to design 11 illustrated words what communicate and exemplify what design is. Whether the viewer is interested in design as a career path, the design community, or looking for design resources, this one-of-a-kind project provided us with a way to make a positive impact on our local community.
Several of the members of our group (I was unfortunately unable to help) presented our project and worked with high school students as a part of the Design Youth Forum. This was the perfect venue for our project. The Forum is an all-day event that brings together 100-plus high school students from the Chicago Public School District to participate in design-focused workshops.