A New Opportunity to Invest

Sometimes the investment needs to start small. But in this case, the value and return would be immense. Take a moment today to learn more about:

The Academy Group, a unique social enterprise that leverages earned revenue from financial investments to give students exposure, access, and acumen to assume leadership roles in business and society; Embarc, a three-year program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income High School students; and Gray Matter Experience: a 12-week entrepreneurship exposure experience that gives select students across Chicago the opportunity to build their own business.

Originally published on moniquewingard.com

2018 DFA Summit: Call for Community Members

Design for America Leadership Studio 2018

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Design for America will bring together a national network of social innovators for the 2018 DFA Summit, August 1 through August 5, 2018, at Northwestern University. The organization was founded in 2008 by School of Engineering students and faculty director, Liz Gerber in an effort to empower students to innovate solutions to problems in their community using human-centered design. In 2009 DFA student co-founders Mert Iseri, Yuri Malina, and Hannah Chung founded the first DFA studio in the Segal Design Institute. Today, 38 colleges and universities contribute to the community transformation efforts of DFA by training interdisciplinary teams to identify meaningful challenges and develop sustainable solutions.

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Are you interested in helping DFA student design innovators understand and consider ways to improve Chicago public high school education experiences?

DFA Leadership Studio 2018 is recruiting teachers, parents, students, and community members to be interviewed by students and teams at the annual summit.

From 10:45am -12:30pm on Thursday, August 2 and Friday, August 3, community members will meet at Northwestern University (Evanston) to provide input on DFA student designs and concepts. All volunteers will receive a $20 gift card thanking them for their participation. [Click Here for More Info]

Comments and questions? Contact Michael at michael@designforamerica.com.


DFA is more than a collection of projects, it is a movement. It is students, mentors, alumni, community partners, entrepreneurs, researchers, industry experts, and users who work together to address major social issues. Their work generates insights and ideas that turn into companies and projects that last well beyond a semester schedule. The real work and personal experiences DFA projects afford changes everyone involved. This is the DFA Network. It’s designed to unite this diverse community of people to accomplish a common goal.