The Challenge

How might we create an engaging and inclusive educational experience for at-risk youth?


Hands-On Design Thinking Workshops

Imagine an educational experience that empowers young creative minds.

For the thousands of children who  enter into the child welfare system each year, there are minimal opportunities for creative expression, mentorship, and support. As a result many youth grow-up emotionally detached. In response to this need, workshops were developed to  to teach participants how to generate, visualize, prototype their ideas, and empower creative thinking in at-risk youth.

Project Focus

Kite Design Workshop

Project Highlights

Highlights from various Design Time workshops

Project Summary

Year: 2015


Gradually the workshops were expanded to incorporate co-creation sessions with youth and their care providers to apply human-centered design to identify opportunities for improving the child welfare experience for everyone involved.

Initial workshops led to working as a facilitator with other organizations focused on youth empowerment, including the KID Mob, Brooklyn Woods, and the New York Foundling.


  • Problem Analysis
  • User Research
  • Sketching
  • 3D Modeling
  • Fabrication & CMF
  • Prototyping  (Metal, Wood, Plastic)


  • DIY Instructions
  • 2D and 3D Designs
  • Ergonomic user testing
  • Iterative Functional Prototypes
  • Organized racing events in
    parks and gyms