Our future possibilities are determined by our growing environments?
How might we overcome the restrictions of the surroundings?
How might we help the youth imagine a greater future?
Could we create a broadly applicable service to pass on so that we can help more people get into preferred future?
Make to Believe
Project: LEAP - What do you want to be?
Designers: Cameron Hanson, Isabella Brandalise, Mei-Ling Lu, Mollie West, Sneha Srinivasan
Collaborators: Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management, No Longer Empty
LEAP is a two-part interactive career day for higher schoolers, aimed at exposing youth to future possibilities.
The first part is an hour-long workshop in the school to help students to self-discover their personality types and possible career paths, and to devise an action plan to achieve their goals. The second part is a field trip that allows students to physically experience a career possibility.
Piloting Career Day at Parsons School of Design
Now: Arts and Design
Next: Sports, Media, Tech
The first version of LEAP focused on the field of art and design. We worked with students who are interested in becoming artists, designers, musicians
However, the structure of our career day is more broadly applicable. A school that focuses on a different field can take our open source framework and create their own career day. Any fields could work for an interactive career day, but we believe that good options would be the fields of sports, technology and media.
Each career day would follow the same structure: an hour long workshop in a community to discover career possibilities and then a field trip to a university or workplace to explore career options.
Brochure Template for Career Day Workshop
One of the biggest obstacles students face after high school is the freedom to define themselves as both a student and an adult. For some, picking an educational and social path to follow at school will be easy. For others, graduating from High School and realizing that they can do anything they want will
This is why we think it's important to discuss interests and career possibilities in 9th and 10th grade. We provided several tools (Myers Briggs Test, Career Ideas, Parsons Scholars info, and tour of the school) for the students to gain clarity about themselves, their interests, and the way they make decisions.
Helping students in Harlem and Washington Heights communities to imagine greater possibilities for their future. We want to help the students make a mental LEAP to first imagine greater possibilities, and then to achieve attainable possibilities. To help with this LEAP, we walk the students through a map of the future to identify opportunities.
Context: Future Possibilities for Young People
Goal: Open up Possibilities
The idea is to create a more interactive career day for a group of students in Harlem. We ran an hour-long career-related workshop to help students to explore their interests and give them ideas for careers in their field. Once the students have decided which careers they are interested in, we then brought the students to The New School so that they could imagine their future possibilities – and make the mental LEAP forward.
New Career Day Service