the social impact lab design challenge:

How might we redesign “home” or “housing” for transitional foster youth?


Be sure to check out the SolutionsPDX lab page for details on the challenge, history of the project, and project sponsor.


Key Resources

Here’s a list of information that can provide relevant background information or inspiration to you as you think about the project and design challenge


  • The Oregon Foster Youth Connection sponsors a Policy Conference each year to learn what priorities are for current/former foster youth aged 16-24 in Oregon.  The most recent was held in July.

  • New Avenues for Youth operates an Independent Living Program designed to help foster youth transition into independence

  • Bridge Meadows is opening a new housing development for transitional foster youth

  • Ron Beit is a superstar developer who built a “Teachers’ Village” in Newark.  Interesting example of designing communities for specific groups.

  • P:ear creatively mentors homeless youth

Things to Read or Listen to:

Organizations to folloW

For the duration of the lab, we recommend you follow or check out what these organizations are doing or saying

People, Places and Things

Here are some examples and recommendations from SolutionsPDX about experiences you could do as a team during the research phase. Be sure to work directly with your team lead and/or project sponsor to help make connections, if necessary.

Who could team members talk to?

  • Youth via Oregon Foster Youth Connection

  • Youth via New Avenues for Youth

  • Marilyn Jones, Foster Care Director DHS

  • Lisa Feinics, PCC Fostering Success

Where could team members visit?

  • Bridge Meadows/New Meadows

  • Bud Clark Commons

Where could team members go to “see” the issue?

  • New Avenues for Youth Independent Living Program

  • OFYC Networking Events

  • New Meadows Events

  • Ask youth via OFYC or New Avenues to walk you through their homes

For questions about the Social Impact Lab PDX, contact your team lead directly.