Can a podcast help make change? DFA NYU asks “Y not?”

Design for America (DFA) connects students from across their universities to forge communities of changemakers, all collaborating to use their human-centered design skills to solve vexing social problems.  So when the YMCA needed help solving their own issue — how to get more young people involved with the organization’s initiatives and encourage them to be…

Cultivating ChangeMakers

The youths have always been the biggest agents of change in their communities. However, the Y is losing ground with young people. In 2004, 50% of the YMCA’s membership were youth (14-24 y.o). In 2019, that number was 39%. The Y has always been seen as taking a parental role to these youths instead of…

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH

How might we provide better access to mental health services for college students?  In a 2016 national survey of college students, 85% reported feeling overwhelmed by demands, and reports of academic pressure and increased stress are now commonplace. In another study, conducted by Barnes and Noble, 76 percent of the students reported experiencing mental health…

CITIES OF THE FUTURE

Help introduce young minds to the joys of designing and inventing!  The League of Young Inventors and Design for America at NYU are aiming to develop a series of hands-on, child-friendly, cost-effective, and scientifically-sound projects for an upcoming Cities of the Future program we will be offering in upper elementary NYC classrooms (grades 3-5) in…

DFA Design Jam: NYU Students Exercise Empathy in Improving Accessibility Design

Students at New York University were presented with the rare opportunity of making the world more accessible. Armed with their notepads and Post-It notes, NYU students from several schools including NYU Tandon participated in Design Jam, a flagship event organized by NYU’s Design for America (DFA) student club, an organization hosted by NYU Tandon but open to students from…

STEM Design for Children 

Help introduce young minds to the joys of designing and inventing! The League of Young Inventors and Design for America at NYU are looking for a team of NYU design thinkers to develop a series of hands-on, child-friendly, cost-effective, and scientifically-sound projects for an upcoming Cities of the Future program we will be offering in…

OUTDOOR NAVIGATION

There are 60,000 blind people and 363,000 people with severe visual impairment in New York City (visionsvcb.org). It is a constant challenge for them to navigate through the city and in public spaces, like hospitals, parks, courts, and universities. All the routines that others take for granted – riding the subway, walking down a sidewalk,…

Jason Charles

Jason Charles is a narrative designer from Brooklyn, New York who is currently a graduate student in the Integrated Digital Media program at the Tandon School of Engineering.As a member of the Design for America studio at NYU, he practices applying human-centered design principles to iterate on potential solutions for challenging problems. Currently, he’s developing…

Srishti Kush

Srishti is an Integrated Digital Media Graduate student at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Prior to her masters she worked with start-ups in India and has background in Product management and development. She is keen on exploring how design thinking and technology can impact human lives. She is keen on working healthcare, spatial design and…