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Be a part of the first Design to Better [Our Community] Summer Academy.

Creative Reaction Lab’s Design to Better [Our Community] (formerly Design to Better [Our City]) is an exciting new opportunity for Black and Latinx local high school students interested in entrepreneurship, creativity, community development, and design. You’ll get hands-on experience in making change in your community and fighting for racial justice through design.

Through the intensive six-week summer program, participants will explore Black and Latinx history and current events and learn about ways to make positive change in your community. Then, participants will collaborate with local residents to come up with ideas to address an issue in the community and to make those ideas happen in reality.

Program Schedule | SUMMER 2018

  • Monday, June 11 - Thursday, July 19

  • The youth program will take place Monday - Thursday.

  • Specifics regarding program time and location will be announced in the spring.


  • Build your college resume and gain invaluable hands-on experience

  • Build your skills and network as a community leader and advocate while fulfilling community service hours

  • Receive funding to make your design projects possible

  • Receive support from career professionals in how to make your design projects happen

  • Receive mentorship from community leaders throughout the program

  • Learn about the history of Black and Latinx cultures while being a part of a community of like-minded individuals who are also passionate about racial justice

Eligiblity Requirements

  • A 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade high school student in the St. Louis area (private, public, charter, etc.)
  • Interested in creating change in your community

  • Able to demonstrate passion, dedication, and leadership abilities

  • Must be able to attend all program session dates (above)

Applications are due on February 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.



Now Hiring: College Mentors + Program Lead

We are looking to hire a Program Lead as well as College Mentors to join our team to make the Summer Academy possible.

Program PERKS

  • Both the Program Lead and College Mentor positions are paid

  • Build your resume and gain invaluable hands-on experience

  • Build experience as a community leader and advocate

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

Looking for more details about each position?

Ready to Apply?

Applications are due on February 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST. 




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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.