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Friday, June 5, 2015

Youth Pitch Solutions to Reduce Violence, Improve Their Neighborhoods

Program brings together Designers and Kids to Address Community Challenges
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Fourteen Chicago youth who have spent six weeks collaborating with design firm gravitytank unveiled their ideas before an audience of nonprofit, local government and business leaders, and to a community panel that provided real-time feedback on their ideas and shared insights on how to bring their ideas to reality.

The ideas were rooted in safety concerns voiced by the students who live in Humboldt Park, Little Village, South Shore, Garfield Park, Austin, Englewood/Woodlawn, Pilsen, and Garfield Ridge. Over a six-week period, participating youth conducted field research, led neighborhood visits and met with gravitytank designers to brainstorm and develop their ideas. The goal of YSO is to increase safety during the summer months by empowering Chicago youth to identify issues that keep them from being or feeling safe.

Who: The event was made possible by Allstate, The Chicago Community Trust, Get IN Chicago (a public-private partnership addressing issues facing at-risk youth in Chicago), and design firm gravitytank. Teams of students and designers presented three different safety concepts. The event was held at the museum of science & industry.

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