Oakland Youth Innovation Lab

Oakland Youth Innovation Lab
Posted on 03/19/2021
Oakland Youth Innovation Lab

We're pleased to announce a unique and free two-week summer learning experience in partnership with Oakland Schools.


Oakland Youth Innovation Lab is available to Lamphere students who will be in grades 6-12 in the 2021/2022 school year.


Oakland Youth Innovation Lab begins as students grapple with the question:

How can we amplify our voices to build a more just community?


  • In the spring, students will meet with teachers for community-building activities and to co-create the Design Lab planned for July.


  • In July, the Oakland Youth Innovation Lab community will come together for a two-week intensive learning experience that is relationship-rich and infused with choice, self-direction, relevance, and joy.


  • Students will meet daily in advisory groups where they create a network of support, discuss ways to actualize their passions, and engage in service learning.

  • Students will participate in master classes in a variety of subjects, such as graphic design, robotics, poetry, portrait photography, and journalism, which will be co-taught by teachers and experts from the community. Over the course of two weeks, each student (working individually or in a small group) will develop and launch a passion project (perhaps a new charity or business?).

  • Students will engage with academic seminars that support the development of student projects and will center on skills needed for the projects (public speaking, writing, statistics, etc.).

  • The two-week Design Lab will culminate in a community exhibition where students share their passion projects with the school and local community.

  • Ongoing mentoring will take place through the first semester and lead to a community celebration in January, 2022.

Additional Information:
Oakland Youth Innovation Lab flyer
Oakland Youth Innovation Lab FAQs

Interested students should apply, as soon as possible, here >>> Oakland Schools Innovation Lab Student Application

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