On Thursday, June 9, 2016, our teachers participated in design thinking training through goIT, a technology awareness program from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
Design thinking is a methodology that uses visual thinking to help problem solvers come up with fresh solutions by empathizing with their users. For our Bank of America CTE Summer Scholars Youth Think Tank on Youth Employment, that means inviting students to empathize with employers and service organizations that work to create work pathways for them and their peers.
Since 2009, TCS has been delivering its goIT program (see video below) to meet the growing demand for IT workers and to prepare students for higher education learning in computer related programs. The session was hosted by the Urban Assembly Maker Academy.
After participating in an introduction, the teachers met separately to discuss how they can help their students apply this methodology to their work with their Project Mentors. Our Scholars and their teacher will work with volunteer coaches from TCS in the first weeks of the program, as they shape their proposals.
Over the course of the six week CTE Summer Scholars program, students will attend class on Thursdays and Fridays to tackle the question of youth employment while drawing on their own internship experiences to inform their strategies and solutions. The Youth Think Tank kicks off on Friday, July 8 with our Bank of America Seminar. Watch here for more updates about our scholars’ work this summer.