The youth were each working on a project with the goal of creating safe spaces for young people on the internet—particularly focusing on teen girls, BlPOC teens, and LGBTQIA teens.
The project concepts ranged based on each youth's interests. From building a virtual resource for girls interested in coding or creating online community spaces for first-gen Latinx youth, to building a texting resource for young people trying to support their friends through mental health challenges, the youth were focused on uplifting their generation.
To document the cohort's experience, we built relationships and conducted virtual interviews and photoshoots with 19 young people—using the insights gained through conversation as the inspiration for a digital story that celebrated them and their projects.
Our goal was to be personal, even digitally. We worked with Headstream and the youth to collect mockups of their projects as well as personal tokens like family photos, drawings and handwriting samples. We weaved these aspects throughout the design.
Like high school lockers, these slides will never tell each person's full story. Instead, the goal is to act as a little window into who these young people were and what was on their mind in the summer of 2020.
The series is designed to work as individual sets of stories and as one cohesive whole. Reading from left to right, viewers can learn bout about the youth, their projects, and what inspired their creation.
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