YouthBuild Boston’s Designery is a hands-on urban architecture workshop for high school students. Students, or Junior Designers, hone their problem solving skills through a team based approach to real-world architectural problems.
Students explore architectural and landscape design, investigate the environmental and social aspects of design, and discover new career opportunities. During this paid design internship, they develop life and job-readiness skills, build self esteem, and serve their communities.
100% of our Junior Designers graduate from high school.
YouthBuild Boston’s Designery serves young people ages 14-18 in Boston and its surrounding areas. These areas are plagued with high crime rates, unemployment, and high levels of high school drop-outs. According to the US census in 2010, 21% of people from these areas are living below the poverty line.
Serving Our Community:
At YBB and the Designery, giving back to the community is at the core of our programming. Our youth learn about design through our community service initiatives, which allows them to become change agents in their communities — whether is designing spaces for community events or creating a flourishing garden in a vacant lot.
Our Junior Designers realize that in order to become leaders, they must become part of their communities by giving back.