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.
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:
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, which sponsored a lot of research on transition-age foster youth and has a series of relevant reports
This article reviews research related to Trauma-Informed Care and homelessness
Review of recent hackathons related to foster care
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.