D×D’s Design= Initiative Enters Year Two

October 12, 2022


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Design=, a key initiative of DxD, brought DxD Foundational Sponsor, Amazon, and DxD program partner, designExplorr, together in 2021 to introduce design, design concepts, and design as a career to youth from underrepresented backgrounds in the midwest region. In just under three months, Design= delivered 22 workshops to more than 400 middle and high school students in inner city Akron, Cleveland, Detroit and Grand Rapids, far exceeding the initiative’s year one goals.

In year two, Design= is deepening its impact in the midwest and expanding its reach to the mid-atlantic region, focusing on the cities of Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. DxD program partner designExplorr — an organization whose mission is to diversify the design profession by expanding access to design education for youth — will once again deliver Design=’s design education workshops to historically excluded youth in these targeted regions. 

Design=’s greatest expansion in year two will be realized through the development of its signature “train the trainers” module. DxD program partner Project Osmosis  —  a non-profit organization established to further “design education for underserved minority youth” whose mission is devoted to preserving and promoting the enduring achievements of both professional designers and mentoring the talents of youth  — will be joining Amazon and leading the module’s creation. 

“We are excited to have Project Osmosis join Design=.” said Kass Escalera, Sr. Program Manager, Amazon. “Their experience and expertise adds another dimension that will increase the initiative’s impact and reach.”

“Having DxD program partner Project Osmosis join the Design= team brings the coalition that much closer to fulfilling our mission.” said Impact’s CEO, Andréa Pellegrino, CEO, DxD’s managing entity Impact Collaborative. “Extending and growing the reach of the experts with lived-experience —at eye-level with the problems  — who are and have been so effective at changing the lives of young people is exactly what DxD and our corporate sponsors like Amazon are striving to accomplish.” 

Project Osmosis Executive Director, Vernon Lockhart, summed up the work best, “The Design= train the trainers assets will create opportunities and resources that will reach those in communities that are overlooked and creatively underserved.”

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