DESIGNER MENTORS: Teach Design. Empower Youth: Volunteer with Inneract Project

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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