Design Project Trains Young People to Improve Their Local Area
The Building Hero Project is a design leadership scheme which gives young people access to cutting edge equipment so they can run community improvement projects.
The Building Hero Project is run by The Department of Making and Doing – a community maker-space. It enables young adults, who have previously participated in one of the organization’s community improvement projects, to learn design and maker skills using the workshop’s extensive tools and equipment.
The Building Hero Project launched an Etsy shop at the end of last year to help self-finance the scheme. The shop sells innovative, beautiful products designed and produced by the students themselves. The money earned from sales of these items – including lamps, jewelery, benches and more – enables the participants to get paid up to $14 an hour to learn and teach each other skills. The students can then use their experience to run further community improvement projects in their local areas. The members run the Etsy store themselves, helping them to learn business and entrepreneurial skills as well.