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Design to Better [Our City] is an entrepreneurial and action-learning civic engagement program that challenges Black and Latinx high school youth to advance racial equity where they live through creative problem solving, cultural history and healing, civic leadership, and entrepreneurship.

With education and training in a holistic, workforce-development model, local youth design healthier and more inclusive communities by co-creating with traditionally underrepresented communities—progressing solutions to local disparities while building participants’ creative confidence and professional competencies.

Through the immersive school year program, participants will learn about Black and Latinx history, current events, and racial and economic disparities, the impact on their daily lives, and the power of community engagement. Then, in partnership with local residents, the students will co-create solutions that directly address a systemic issue in the community. 

Program Schedule | 2017-2018







for college students

Be a Program Mentor

Mentor the next generation of civic leaders whilst applying your experience with entrepreneurship, cultural history, civic engagement, and leadership.

Applications close September 4th.

Program Benefits

  • Build your resume or graduate school application.

  • Further develop leadership and creative problem solving skills that can be applied to professional career.

  • Mentor and develop 21st century workforce through team leadership, mentoring, youth engagement, facilitation, and creative problem solving.

  • Gain first-hand experience in nonprofit administration.

  • Network with community leaders and subject-area experts.

  • Receive a stipend to be compensated for your hard work.

For high school students

Be a part of the first cohort

Build your college application, clock in service learning hours, and develop your leadership skills while developing a better city. 

Applications close September 18th.

Program Benefits

  • Receive community service and/or service learning hours.

  • Develop your leadership, research, and communication skills to better prepare you for college and/or your career.

  • Be mentored by a local community leader or advocate

  • Learn about the history of Black and Latinx cultures whilst being a part of a community of like-minded individuals

  • Priority eligibility into the paid Community Design Apprenticeship Program

  • Receive money to launch your civic idea in your community

  • Learn more about careers in entrepreneurship, design, activism/community organizing, politics, public health, history, sociology, and urban planning.




Support the program


Nurture the next generation of civic leaders.

Give Black and Latinx students the opportunity to develop the skills they need to address systemic issues of racial inequity in their cities.