Be a Design Mentor: Volunteer Design Teachers and TAs needed

Hi IXDA friends,
I'm part of a great non-profit called Inneract Project which provides FREE design classes to our Youth and were looking for design professionals who'd like to volunteer as Workshop Teachers or TAs this Spring. Please read below for more details or email me at if you're interested.
IP Program: Youth Design Academy (for middle school students)
Application deadline: January 10, 2015
Locations: Academy of Art Univ. (SF), California College of the Arts (Oakland campus)
Organization Type: Non-profit
Compensation: Stipend available

Lesson preparation:January 31, 2015 - February 28, 2015
Teaching Commitment: March 7, 2015 - April 25, 2015 (Sat only)
Reception: May 9, 2015

- Co-teach a total of 8 Saturday classes, 9:30am -1:30pm.
- Meet with the IP education committee to prepare for classes. (3-4 Saturdays in February) 
- Design and prepare lesson plans and student activities
- Reflect on teaching practices and respond to feedback
- Present completed student design work and recap of the experience at IP reception.

1. Increase exposure to the field of design for inner-city youth and their communities
2. Increase interactions between designers (as mentors / teachers) and inner-city youth
3. Create early access and opportunities for youth to become valued members of the design community

What is Youth Design Academy (YDA)?
YDA is an 8-week program for inner-city middle school students. As an IP Volunteer Teacher, you will work with a team of designers to help our nonprofit mission of providing a fun and well-rounded design education to inner-city middle school students. Our program strives to inspire young people to pursue higher education and to consider design as a viable career opportunity. 

What will teachers do? 
- Teach a class of 10 to 15 middle school students, coaching them on design fundamentals and introducing them to a range of professional design career opportunities.
- Design and implement thoughtful, engaging, fun lesson plans for each of the 4 or 8 Saturday classes. Lesson plans should enable students to integrate a command of visual language with imagination, theory and technology.
- Involve parents in the conversation around design as a career prospect.
- Work with the the IP design education committee to work towards tangible goals for each class which includes 4 meetings in February prior to the teaching schedule.
- TAs (teaching assistant) will be available for assisting through the program.

Who would be a good fit?
- Design professionals with knowledge of design principles and practical understanding of design and a passion for collaborating with the community at large.
- Previous teaching and/or mentoring experience (working with 11 to 14 year age group a plus).
- Presentation and organization skills with the dedication to work with youth.
- Openness to feedback and willingness to take personal responsibility.

Folks interested in being Volunteer Teaching Assistants are encouraged to apply as well. 
- No stipend for TA positions
- Shorter and more flexible time commitments
- Photography skills preferred

If you have further inquiries please email Charmian Naguit at or visit

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