Cause Consulting Partners with 2013 Youth Design Take Action Competition

by Harriet Henry

Cause Consulting is proud to announce the winners of the third annual Youth Design Take Action Competition. The competition is a key component of Youth Design’s 14 month long program, which allows the young designers to use their design skills and talent to inspire others to take action. Once again, we were blown away by the power, creativity, and sophistication of all the entries. Cause Consulting helped design this competition and is proud to be the annual sponsor.

Congratulations to Yamilet Acevedo (pictured above), Victor Coren, and Lily Lu, who had the top three submissions.

The competition took place over the summer, alongside the Youth Design students’ internships. Students were required to select and research social issues, develop design concepts, and, crucially, craft a compelling call to action. Each student was connected to a professional designer from across the U.S., who supported their visual work. Nikki Korn led sessions to help them identify, research and refine their social issues. In addition, the Cause Consulting Team turned out in force to lead a workshop in the sunshine on the front steps of the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). Each of us worked with a small group of students and facilitated a discussion to help them develop their ideas and encourage peer-to-peer sharing and learning. We all came away feeling hugely inspired and energized from what we saw and heard.

Once again, the Youth Design Take Action Competition has been a highlight of the summer for our team. It is amazing to see the journey that the young designers go through and the life-long skills and confidence they take away with them.

Youth Design is celebrating its tenth year of providing urban youth with highly marketable design skills, access to professional mentors, and support along the path toward higher education. I am proud to be a member of the Board and Cause Consulting is honored to be a part of such an exciting and inspiring program for young people. We can’t wait to meet next year’s students.

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