Project H uses the power of creativity, design, and hands-on building to amplify the raw brilliance of youth, transform communities, and improve K-12 public education from within. Our programs teach rigorous design iteration, tinkering, applied arts and sciences, and vocational building skills to give young people the creative, technical, and leadership tools necessary to make positive, long-lasting change in their lives and their communities. Our youth-led public design projects are rooted in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) content to connect in-school learning to out-of-school possibility. We believe that design is a powerful medium that is an active response to a context, a personal expression, a physical challenge, and a social act that builds citizenship in the next generation. Exploring the intersection of physical sciences, engineering, architecture, design, social justice, and community development, projects built by our youth include an award-winning 2,000-square-foot farmers market structure, iconic downtown landmarks, farmstands, playgrounds, school gardens, an obstacle course, public chicken coops, and their own learning facilities.
Since our founding in January 2008, we have worked hard to forge a meaningful, long-term relationship with every young person in our programs. Our scale has been small, but our impact continues to grow as our students go on to productive lives and careers. Here is a snapshot of our impact, by the numbers:
Over 600 youth ages 9-17 have participated in our design and building programs in the last seven years. Most of our youth participate in year-long Studio H courses as part of their academic learning.
Our Studio H class currently enrolls 275 6th-12th grade students at REALM Charter School in Berkeley, CA, as part of their school day, everyday.
Our Camp H girls building program enrolls 180 campers each year, including after-school and summer programming.
92% of our graduating high school students have gone on to two- or four-year colleges.
91% of our Camp H girls say they finished camp feeling more confident, creative, and excited about school.
The per-pupil cost of our Studio H program for one academic year is $560.
24 community design and architecture projects have been completed, 16 of which were designed and built entirely by our youth participants. These projects include a 2000-foot farmers market, a school library, an outdoor classroom, farmstands, and a tiny home (in production now!).
Over 90,000 people have participated or engaged with our projects in the US and worldwide.
We have provided design-based professional development to over 200 teachers nationwide, and year-round professional development for the 35 teachers at REALM Charter School.
Our network of supporters has grown to 470,000 Twitter followers, 8,000 Facebook followers, and 4,500 newsletter subscribers.
Our supporters include the National Endowment for the Arts, the Adobe Foundation, the Kendeda Fund, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Sappi Fine Paper, and corporate sponsorships from Lincoln Electric, Milwaukee Tools, and Autodesk.
We do all this with an annual budget of approximately $240,000, and an average individual donation of $94.
Studio H and Camp H classroom location:
REALM Charter School
1222 University Avenue
733 Allston Way