AIGA chapters around the country are committed to providing mentorship programs to local high school students, college students, emerging designers and seasoned professionals.

In the big picture, AIGA Boston itself is mentorship. Our diverse programs share a common thread of learning and connection for those seeking to improve and develop their knowledge and practice of design. Mentorship in the smaller picture means helping our members to meet and exchange ideas in one-on-one or small group settings. Overall, the vision of mentorship is to raise the quality of our collective knowledge and thereby enhance the impact of design in Colorado and beyond.

Since mentorship is an ongoing process across the arc of a designer’s career, no matter where we are on our journey, we have something to teach and something new to learn. Consider developing your leadership skills by sharing your talents or unique perspective on design as a mentor. You may also wish to learn a thing or two from someone who has different strengths, so the mentee role can be helpful. Give them both a try—there are experts and beginners inside all of us!

AIGA Boston Mentorship Initiatives

Youth Design

Youth Design empowers talented urban youth to pursue a pathto higher education and promising equitable careers by engagingthe professional design community to mentor, educate, train, andemploy the next generation. Since 2003, Youth Design has been helping to shape the next generation of diverse design professionals through aggressive educational and workforce development initiatives set in the context of design, while promoting diversity in the creative economy.

Youth Design targets urban high school students attending Boston Public Schools, and the organization’s priority is to help urban youth obtain the essential skills required to compete in the 21st century workforce. These are skills they will need today, in order to ensure their economic self-sufficiency tomorrow.

Learn more about Youth Design.

Take it From Me (#TiFM)

Take it From Me is an event series organized by AIGA Boston giving students and emerging professionals the opportunity to interact with established professionals in the design field. This initiative will encourage engagement and discussion through a range of events—including workshops, panel discussions, roundtables, lectures, networking events, studio tours, online activities, etc.—that address different aspects of the design discipline.

These events will provide newer designers the opportunity to ask questions, seek advice, and participate in career development focused activities, while giving established designers the opportunity to support the emerging design community. The Take it From Me series will create a structure that is self-perpetuating, providing tools and support for younger designers to develop rewarding careers and become tomorrow’s leaders.