Youth-led City Building

1Up Starter Kit

Project Objective

To enable youth to create change in their communities through public space design-build projects.

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  • Date: 2017
  • City: Toronto, ON
  • Partners: Urban Minds
  • Funding provided in part by: Sappi Ideas That Matter

The 1UP Starter Kit, funded by the Sappi Ideas That Matter grant, aims to help high school students improve public spaces in their local communities. Designed in partnership with Urban Minds, the 1UP Starter Kit would be a youth-friendly, step-by-step guide to tackling challenges students may see in their neighbourhood public spaces. Through the use of encouraging and accessible language and visuals, this starter kit will emphasize learning by doing, inspiring students to take real, immediate action in their neighbourhood.

They will learn how to identify and observe a site, brainstorm and design solutions, and build prototypes based on the real needs of the users of the space.

Once the students build and place their prototypes in the public space, they will solicit feedback from real community members. The prototypes will also help their neighbours see the positive impact of public space interventions, and rally the community to bring about more permanent change.

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