Denise Korn, the founder of Youth Design and AIGA Boston Fellow Award winner, has brought together a unique summer mentorship program in the Boston area for the last 10 years. Her initiative introduces inner-city high school students to careers in the design profession by providing high quality, paying design jobs in Boston area design firms, agencies, and in-house design departments. Denise will now share her experience with guests at the AIGA Continuum Fund fundraiser event this November 29 at nclud.
This year’s fundraiser will have some of the past scholarship student winners as well, and you will be able to connect with them and learn about what they are doing today. “The scholarship was a great incentive for me to get involved in service and volunteering activities through school. It’s has been a wonderful experience,” said Laura Guzman Aguilar, 2012 Continuum Fund scholarship recipient, when invited to the event by the AIGA DC board.
Denise, our guest speaker, is the principal of Korn Design, a nationally recognized brand strategy and design firm with offices in Boston and New York. She has worked with a wide range of clients delivering groundbreaking strategic work for top-of-class developers, entrepreneurs, chefs, and institutional leaders,providing expert consultation on an equally wide range of assignments in the categories of leading hospitality, restaurants, and luxury goods.
In 2003 she founded Youth Design, a nonprofit organization with one of the nation’s leading programs that focuses on addressing the critical socioeconomic needs of urban youth by teaching them highly marketable design skills, giving them access to committed professional mentors, and supporting them along the path toward higher education by introducing them to viable career opportunities in the design industry. The Youth Design program is ran in partnership with the AIGA Boston chapter, and Boston’s Private Industry Council (PIC) that organizes the private sector component of Mayor Menino’s Summer Jobs Campaign. Since the program was piloted, more than 59 students have graduated, with a high percentage deciding to pursue college-level focus in art and design.
Denise graduated from Cornell University where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts. She served as co-president of the New England Creative Economy Initiative and currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Boston chapter of AIGA Boston, and the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA).
“It’s up to the design community to lead the way and open up possibilities for robust and positive engagement between the public and private sectors, between the design community and civic leadership. ”Denise told Stuff Magazine in an interview about her book 10 Who Mentor:Inspiring Insights from Creative Leaders, which she co-wrote with Neal Kane and collects conversations with 10 people from creative industries.