June 15, 2012, 08:58PM
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How can we equip young people with the skills, information and opportunities to succeed in the world of work?
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Tread Project- A Mobile Design Studio that empowers Youth through Footwear designTread Project is an experimental initiative started by three under-grad industrial design students to educate, motivate and empower high school students through a 7 week footwear design crash course.
Tread project I guess can expand beyond the niche of footwear design. Tread Projects can teach youth to identify wicked problems in their community and then help them to develops skills to solve those problems. A possible scenario might be to teach them to build a smart community through design and technology. This will provide them with purpose; make their education meaningful; increase their self confidence and instil in the them community sprit. Moreover they might discover what is that wish to do in life, when they gain so much exposure during the course ( Examples: Mentorship from experts in footwear companies and instructors; by empathizing with others).
The founders of The Tread project emphasise this point. They comment,
"One of Tread Project’s biggest takeaways was the sheer power that a seemingly niche skill like footwear design could hold. The point was not to create the next generation of designers but give students a crash course on how they can take their passions and leverage the design process to help determine their futures, whatever they may be. " (Source: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664773/start-an-education-revolution-in-seven-steps )
Whatever might be their field of pursuit, most importantly they will develop skills to solve social problems.
I think the opportunities are endless. Sally and Mac's inspirations (see below) have alluded to the problems within youth. Initiatives such as Tread project and Build can help solve these problems.
Possible Future Scenarios
What if Fuseproject, the Tread team and architecture firms collaborate and run a course to educate youth in a village or a town with housing problems to design low costs houses similar to the "One Laptop per child" project?
What if the Tread team, IDEO, and Google collaborate to teach youth to improve the state of education in their community?
What if IBM and the Tread team collaborated to teach youth to design and develop solutions to make their own town or community smart and efficient ?
Reflecting on the skills developed by students in a crash course, The Tread Team notes ( I have inserted my comments in quote) ,
"The teachers at Hughes STEM High saw firsthand how powerful it was for the students to not only learn a new skill but also be encouraged by their fellow classmates to share their newfound design knowledge.(developing community spirit; developing collaboration skills; positive peer pressure) Our students told us that they felt proud learning ( Improvements in CONFIDENCE, SELF WORTH and LEARNING EXPERIENCE) “hard” skills such as Photoshop/Illustrator rendering, conceptual sketching, and prototyping, along with “soft” skills like confidence, determination, and resilience -- all of which could be applied toward their challenging everyday lives (Development of both Soft and Hard skills; Improvement in GRIT (Brett's Inspiration on Grit) )
If these are the skills youth develop during a course on footwear design, then what if the courses were designed to realise the above scenarios?
Tread Project ( Their website is not working at the moment)
( Sally's Inspiration---http://www.openideo.com/open/youth-employment/inspiration/build-high-school-entrepreneurs/
Nathan's Concept from a previous challenge:
Mobile training camp for Entrepreneurship