No one actually knows exactly how many abandoned buildings (and schools) are located in the city of Chicago. These spaces are often unsafe, unused, and eyesores preventing upward mobility in communities of color. Team Abandoned proposed rehabilitating similar spaces as opportunities to close the “Adventure Gap” that exists for low income students of color, and were recognized as finalists in the BP Student Ideas Competition by The Chicago Architecture Biennial.
“I want to memorialize a whole neighborhood to honor those residents who were displaced by gentrification. I will strive to preserve a piece of its cultural identity for future generations.”
- Yaree Wilson
Black Strain Cannabis Consulting Firm is transforming the inequitable system that disproportionately targets and incarcerates Black youth for marijuana possession while rewarding white dispensary owners. We plan to bring revenue, reparations, and education to lower income communities who have suffered from systemic resource depletion.
“We are four boys from the Austin neighborhood in Chicago who witnessed our community ravaged by the racist War on Drugs. So now we’re done watching and we are working to change the game.”
- Prentice Brown Jr.
You Are the Prototype
The YATP team redesigned the LRNG homepage from a student perspective through an iterative web design process. Through working closely with LRNG staff they created designs that were youth oriented with the goal of positively engaging more youth in the LRNG programming.
“In LRNG we worked on two mood boards, one related to the brands we like, the other focused on activism. It was really fun making the mood boards and I feel like I found a new way to express myself. I understood a little bit more of why people use art as a creative and emotional outlet. “
- Sidy Bah
Monthly Leaks is a social venture with the mission of creating menstrual equity for incarcerated women through awareness, care packages, and legislation. Recently, Rep. Wallace served as keynote speaker during our First Annual Tea Party Pad Drive!
“I am taking this project to college, turning it into a real non-profit, and one day, when my mother is no longer incarcerated, she will join me as the face of my movement.” - Diamond Smith
Junkyrd is a brand dedicated to changing the fashion culture in Chicago by inspiring Black teens to take ownership of their style by creating their own unique pieces of clothing. Through collaborations with Chicago designers and production houses, Junkyrd hosts events for teens to create their own pieces.
“Junkyrd has really helped me with showing off the many talents I have acquired. I was able to show leadership when we hosted 2 Pop-Up Shops at Chicago Quest. I was able to teach my fellow classmates how to properly design and create their own apparel.”
- Tesher Israel
Who I was, Who I Am, Who I Want to Be
Working alongside Chicago READI, students created a movable gallery exhibition focusing on the stories of outreach workers and their evolution from life in the streets and prison to becoming pillars in their communities.
“This project gave me a new perspective on my own family’s story. Listening to the men speak about missing their children’s’ milestones like birthdays gave me insight into how my own father must have felt all those years he spent away from us when he was locked up.” - Najee McFadden