The Re:Imagine Pathways Project will both develop and pilot a model for building a pathway structure into/around a one-time, large-scale, youth-driven event. We will do this in 2 ways: through data mining and application design and through a piloted partnership between the Art Institute of Chicago and Yollocalli Arts Reach during Re:Imagine 2016. These connected components allow us to investigate the effectiveness of pathways for teens who are and are not offered spots to participate in Re:Imagine 2016, and to understand how pathway take-up changes based on variables such as online vs. in-person communication, the presence of trusted adults to broker opportunities, program structure, teen motivation, and location. Ultimately, the Re:Imagine Pathways Project will allow us to leverage the large interest in the Re:Imagine competition to better understand what compels teens to apply, what particular interests applicants bring to the competition, and how we (as a network) can help shape that creativity and direct it to other connected programs and opportunities around the city.
Check out last year’s competition!
Based on students’ self-reported interests and available programs, this project provided recommendations for similar programs to students who were not accepted to the Art Institute’s 24-hour design competition.
Future goals for the project: Create a more general program based on it where organizations can feed their participants’ info and information about similar community programs into a google form, then receive recommendations for student opportunities.