BUILD Youth Fellowships
Youth Advisory Panel And Design Fellowship
Trailblazing youths will mark their impact on the world as co-designers, strategists, and thought partners with BUILD.org.
Two Fellowships, One Big Impact
The Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) and the Youth Design Fellowship (YDF) are Fellowship programs for youth students run by BUILD.org. Through participating in a multi-week fellowship program, youth Fellows will build their capacity for social and economic mobility while cultivating skills, networking with peers and adults, and engaging in participatory research practices. Youth become co-designers, strategists and thought partners as they propose new ideas for products, program design, and policy agendas.
Fellows apply their learning about User Experience and human-centered design thinking to real-world projects aimed at promoting equity and addressing social issues in education and in their community.
Fellows gain valuable experience, build their professional networks, and contribute to meaningful change in their communities. Inviting youth as co-designers helps create more meaningful and effective learning and community initiatives that better serve the needs of all.
Student Perspective On The YAP
• 99% approval rating of students that participated in sprints!
• 91% of students gained academic/ professional skills as a part of the experience
• 100% of students believed that the insights they shared were heard and valued.
“I joined the Youth Design Fellowship because I believe in the power of design to make a positive impact in the world, and I wanted to be part of a community of like-minded individuals working towards that goal. I enjoy the Youth Design Fellowship because it provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with other talented co-design fellows from diverse backgrounds and learn from experienced mentors in the field.” – Yordy
“This sprint definitely made me feel like a valuable contributor because all that we said was being recorded. I know that what we said will be mentioned if not at least once. When we spoke, we were never disregarded but we understood and our info and experience is going to be a part of change for other students.” – YAP Fellow
Our Goals For The Youth
Youth who are Black, Latinx, and from predominately under-resourced communities are empowered to have a role in shaping decisions that affect them.
Youth see themselves as valuable contributors and enthusiastic learners who make connections between their learning and real life. Youth cultivate leadership skills by engaging in co-design and collaboration.
BUILD enables organizations and institutions within the education and youth development sector to craft strategies genuinely informed by youth insights that prioritize the needs, ideas, and values of students who are Black, Latinx, and from under-resourced communities.
BUILD supports partners in prioritizing youth voice in their design, implementation and strategic planning.
Who Should Launch A
Youth Advisory Group?
BUILD believes that engaging with the stakeholders nearest to the issues at hand is a powerful way to build coalitions of change and to make a meaningful impact. That said, BUILD encourages product developers, philanthropists, and funders working in education or youth development programs, and similar non-profits or school systems would benefit from Youth Advisory Panel or Youth Design Fellows.
Professionals like you can provide key insights to Fellows as they engage with the following topics:
1. How to make a digital product feel more relevant, engaging, and enticing
2. How to improve assessments in school – from the framing of an assessment to the outcomes proven and how those are shared with parents
3. How to ensure that classroom environments follow culturally responsive and sustaining education best practices and principles by uncovering how YOUTH defines those spaces and environments.
Fellowship Reports And Blogs
Sure! BUILD would love to partner with you in this endeavor. If you’d like to discuss this, please reach out to Cindy Pineda at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill out our Partner Readiness form which helps us gauge your interest and capacity for this work. Be on the lookout in Fall 2023 for a toolkit that enables you to launch your own groups using tools and strategies that we find to work.
Click here for the interest form.
You sure can! Reach out to Ed Wilson at email@example.com to discuss more.
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