The Community Design Apprenticeship Program: Mobility For All By All is a 10 week program in which Black and Latinx local college and university students, known as Community Design Apprentices, will explore the following essential question with residents of the Kingshighway and/or Fairground neighborhoods of St. Louis: “What would public transit do to improve your life?”
The Community Design Apprentices will train in Equity-Centered Community Design to (1) examine how historical and systemic oppression has impacted transit and mobility in Kingshighway/Fairground, (2) conduct a community audit to understand the impact that transit, or lack thereof, has had on resident quality of life, and (3) (re)imagine how public transit access could improve quality of life.
The Community Design Apprenticeship Program is a Collaborative Community Project of Mobility For All By All, a multi-stakeholder initiative which aims to co-design ideas and approaches to improving local transit with community residents. Apprentices who successfully complete the program will be eligible to receive up to a $300 stipend. All program sessions and events are mandatory unless otherwise discussed with program facilitators.
- January 6: Applications due
January 15: Applicants notified of application status
January 27: Session #1
February 3: Session #2
February 10: Session #3
February 24: Session #4
March 10: Session #5
TBD [Between March 10 and March 23]: Community Engagement Event
March 23: Session #6
April 3: Future of Youth Activism Event at the Missouri History Museum
- Currently pursuing a degree program at a college or university in the St. Louis area.
- Have held leadership positions in on-campus student groups, your local community, work setting, etc. Direct experience in civic engagement, racial rights and equity, diversity and inclusion, community design, urban development, or social justice preferred.
- Able to attend all program sessions and events.
- Passionate about advocating for racial equity and building relationships with community members.
- Demonstrable abilities in any of the following areas: entrepreneurship, creative problem solving, design, civic engagement, community engagement, community research, urban development, and cultural history and healing specific to Black and/or Latinx cultures.
- Must be of Black and/or Latinx descent (including mixed race/multiracial.)