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Your Experience Can Change a Child’s Life

Eric Lolkema teaching outdoor portrait lighting. Photo © Jeff Speigner

Design4Kids workshops give busy professionals the satisfaction of making a tremendous impact on young peoples lives in a very short period of time. By taking just one short week out of your schedule, you will gain a lifetime of reward watching the growth you are fostering in some very remarkable youth. And you get all this while enjoying the benefits of international travel and connecting with another culture.

All of our workshops are formed around a communications project for a non-profit client. As a mentor, you will help prepare the students for their initial client interview, then coach the kids, as they progress from creative brief, through brainstorming, creative development, critique, preparation of comprehensive layouts, and finally on to their final concept presentation to their client. And you don’t need to speak Spanish. Fotokids provides translators.

The process is guided by Design4Kids and Fotokids staff working in collaboration with you and the rest of the mentor team.  The kids do all of the work. As a mentor, you are there to give feedback, encouragement, constructive criticism, and the wisdom of your professional experience. It’s astounding how great an impact your presence alone makes on these kids.

Poster design © Ana Pax/Fotokids, created during a Design4Kids workshop.

There are three ways you can participate in a Design4Kids workshop.

We’re now accepting applications for all three roles. To join us apply@design4kids.org and tell us how you want to participate, why, and what you have to offer our students. If you’d prefer to speak to us on the phone, you can call 206-331-1960 9 a.m. to 5 p.m MST.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Photo © Marta Lopez/Fotokids
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6 Responses

  1. I have been a graphic designer for the past six years for the Wal-Mart home office and The Oklahoman. Most of my design experience is with print, but I have some packaging and web experience also. I would like to volunteer during 2010. I am good with teaching children and accepting of all cultures. I hope to give the children an appreciation and understanding of art.

    • Hi Valerie, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I thought that I’d sent you an email response but now can find no record of it. From the way you describe yourself you fit the two primary qualifications for volunteers to Design4Kids workshops. You have professional experience in visual communications and a desire to use your skills and talents to teach disadvantaged children.

      The first workshop in 2010 will occur in the June timeframe. Exact dates to be determined around the first of the year. Be sure to return to Design4Kids.org then to see the details. You may also want to return between December 5th and 13 when we will be blogging photo and text highlights during the winter workshop.

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  3. Is wonderfull how you can teach to others. I am a graphic designer for the past eigth years. I am not a expert but most work in final arts to flexography.
    I can not volunteer now beacuse I am a mom of two. But If I cant help you from here, I am glad.

    • Hi Ingrid, thanks for your comment and for your interest in helping Design4Kids. Of course, as a mom your first priority is to your children. The responsibility of motherhood is huge, so it touches me that you want to somehow help with our efforts to give talented but disadvantaged kids a chance to use their gifts to help them go further in life.

      You could be a huge help simply by telling everyone you know about the work we’re doing. Post a link on Facebook, send an email note and link, and if you’re on twitter you could tweet about us and include a link. It would be especially helpful if you would tell colleagues in the creative businesses. All of our volunteers come to us through just such personal connections and referrals. And we are still accepting folks for the December ’09 workshop.

      If you have any questions and/or would just like to connect directly, feel free to email or call me.

      All the best,
      Jeff Speigner
      Director/Volunteer Coordinator
      Design4Kids
      jeffspeigner@comcast.net
      206-331-1960

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