How does your idea help cultivate empathy skills to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change?
The iLead+Design program students is unique in that it has provided real solutions for real problems in our communities. The City of Monterey has incorporated many of the ideas the students proposed into the 2013 redesign of the SimoneauTransit Center. The SPCA revamped their entire Spay and Neuter links in their website after implementing that team's suggestions. The Surfrider Foundation board of directors also revised and made their website more interactive (2013). This summer, 2014, our teams designed a new classroom space for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, created a client-friendly redesign of the Animal Friends Rescue Shop and implemented a litter removal program for Save Our Shores. Students greatly impressed the community partners.
Tell us about your partnerships
Hartnell College: Hidden Careers program for high school kids; Expanding Your Horizons ; Cyber Adventures, computer science summer program.
Monterey Institute for International Studies: Model United Nations, hosts iLead+Design.
The Institute for the Future (IFTF) Palo Alto. Associate Anne Gibbon, one of our teachers.dschool alumna
San Jose Museum of Technological Innovation, providing consultation re Design Studio Models, M. Rogers,
1. Getting buy in from area school districts for this approach to learning in the face of all of the other requirements they face.
2. Building a cadre of teachers who can devote enough time to implement the plan.
1. We plan to work with the Monterey County Office of Education, MIIS, and Hartnell College to assist with promotion, offer release time, classroom space and administrative support.
2. The grant will provide stipends for teachers and staffing the classes and demonstrations
Does your project use any of the following approaches to cultivate community members as empathetic and collaborative leaders?
encouraging philanthropy, creating a safe space, building leadership skills, storytelling, immersion, collective problem-solving, identifying shared values and differences, instilling courage, enabling action.