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Hosted by the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment

In partnership with the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment, IDC President, Ian Rolston, will present the U: By Design Studio Workshop, designed to help youth develop a vision for their future.

The workshop, taking place on March 16, 2022, is created by Decanthropy and aims to engage participants in design thinking and how to apply the process to create an action plan for life. The workshop provides tools to practice design thinking in an interactive setting that engages the imagination to help hone leadership skills and expose participants to creative professions as potential career opportunities to pursue.

IDC’s President, Ian Rolston, is a Design Optimist and Lead Decanthropist. He is a speaker, creative strategist, design leader, and the creator of Decanthropy, an equity design consultancy determined to change our world.

Rolston says the partnership is important for IDC and its members, as the association continually seeks opportunities to serve the communities in which IDC members work and to invest in the next generation of change-makers.

“We believe the profession of interior design impacts people every day to make a difference in how life is experienced in the context of space,” he says. “The Jean Augustine Centre is impacting the lives of our future leaders as a catalyst for empowerment, innovation, and inspiration. Together we have created an opportunity to support our mandates in a meaningful way.”

The Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment is committed to building the self-esteem and self-worth of young women & girls by positively influencing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons, & helping them to empower themselves.

“As a champion for girls in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment is proud to partner with Interior Designers of Canada to deliver programs for young women and girls across the Greater Toronto Area,” says Emma Asiedu-Akrofi, Executive Director.  “This partnership will provide access to a number of young people who would not have opportunities to explore education and career fields in interior design due to socio-economic barriers. We look forward to this partnership and the positive impact it will have on our next generation leaders.”

A special presentation featuring IDC President, Ian Rolston, in conversation with the Honorable Jean Augustine, will be held later this month, to discuss the outcomes of the program, and the importance of representation and interior design careers for youth.

Learn more about the discussion and register today.