An experiential learning initiative focused on introducing the world of design to historically excluded youth and expanding the impact of D×D’s youth program partners.

Design= has engaged 750+ historically
excluded youth to date

Over 90% of educator and student participants recommend Design=

Curriculum kit will be available at no cost in early 2023

By the end of 2023, Design= aims to reach over 15,000 youth

Bring Design= to your classroom.

Add your name to the waitlist for our turnkey curriculum kit for students grade 6–12.


Growing access, one student at a time.

The Design= program is focused on increasing awareness of design as a career path for Black, Brown, and Indigenous youth. By 2023, our goal is to reach 15,000+ students with programming that exposes them to the practice and profession of design.


A true collaboration.

Bringing together D×D’s youth program partners, educators, community-based organizations, and Amazon, Design= was co-developed to deliver interactive learning opportunities to thousands of young people to spark their interest in design.


Celebrating 760 students reached.

Since October 2021, Design= has reached 760 students through our direct-to-classroom outreach, led and facilitated by D×D partner, designExplorr. We’ve been to 7 cities across the U.S., including Akron, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.


We’re coming to a computer near you.

Our open access curriculum kit launches in 2023. In it you’ll find interactive lessons you can use with grade 6–12 students that you teach or mentor. The kit includes lessons for you, the facilitator, as well as turnkey activities you can start with students.

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Amazon is investing in programming that supports access and equity in the design profession.
A social impact organization that celebrates design by offering activities that expose youth to design careers.
A coalition to catalyze racial equity and justice in the design profession.

A non-profit organization established to further design education for underserved minority youth.

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