Senior leaders from each of the partner organizations have met for months now to help us further refine the emerging partnership. This Working Group developed criterion that we then used to select three local communities in the United States where we can launch this partnership. We plan to show that we can effectively combine national and local expertise, experience, and resources to increase the number and diversity of students who are interested and literate in science, and who are inspired to pursue STEM jobs and careers.

The next milestone in this process was a [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][ut_highlight color=”#1e73be”]three-day Design Lab hosted in Chicago, IL by the YMCA of the USA. [/ut_highlight] The Design Lab brought together representatives from each organization, and from each pilot city, along with representatives from the national youth development Working Group. Our goal was to leverage the knowledge and experience of the attendees and to design a blueprint that will eventually constitute the design model for the program in the summer of 2015.

Maura Shea, Senior Director of Strategic Innovation at the YMCA of the USA, co-facilitated the Design Lab. Maura is an expert in human centered design and she helped us take the first steps in establishing the design principles for the program that will shape the formal, written proposal later this year.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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