Pacsun Supports STEM Into The Future After School Initiative With Sponsored Creative Design Program
LOS ANGELES, September 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – With Back to School and Fall, Pacsun continues its commitment to youth and contribution to STEM to the Future through dedicated programs as part of the upcoming STEM to the Future after-school program. With support from Pacsun as part of their three-year engagement, the organizations will lead the Creative Design Program for Black and Lantinx youth in grades 4-7.
“Encouraging youth is a core value at Pacsun, and being able to participate in a school program and have an impact on children’s education and learning, alongside such a remarkable organization as STEM to the Future, is very inspiring. for us, ”said Brie Olson, President of Pacsun.
“At STEM to the Future, we believe black and Latino youth deserve the opportunity to reinvent and create a world they want and deserve. A world where people come before profits and a world where they can use their resources. talents and passions to free themselves and their communities. The Bloom initiative supports young people in developing their own brand that is informed by and responds to the needs of their community. ” Jacob Adams, Founder and Executive Director STEM Towards the Future.
As part of the Creative Design Program, students will participate in a variety of creative design methods and practices, including:
- Identity and design methods: involving color theory, emotion, mood boards, and programs like Photoshop and Illustrator.
- Community Research: Students will create surveys, collect and analyze data from their community to learn more about unmet need as well as how the community thrives.
- Design Based on Crowd-Based Design: Students will identify themes and trends in their community research and use that data to create a brand that raises awareness and addresses an unmet need in their community.
At the end of this year’s program, students will use graphic design, storytelling, and knowledge of sustainable fabrics to launch their own capsule through an immersive pop-up. The methods and practices prepare students and guide them to create their own brand to raise awareness and address social justice issues that impact their communities.
A number of Los Angeles artists and designers will also support students throughout the program, as they will witness how art can be a form of activism while learning things like sewing, graphic design, photography, and curating. ‘exhibitions.
Not only will STEM to the Future implement this program in Los Angeles, but they will also train other educators across the country on this program. STEM to the Future seeks to join, foster and grow the community of educators who create student-led learning experiences that are rooted in justice and freedom.
The after-school program is officially launched Wednesday September 15th at St. Elmo Mid-City After School in LA and crosses September 2021 – May 2022. Each topic will last 6-8 weeks, with Wednesday classes in person and Thursday classes on Zoom. After recently launching Pacsun’s first comprehensive branded color line, which includes a children’s category, the brand remains committed to embracing positivity and inclusiveness. Aligning with the STEM to the Future program is another unique way to further present this forward-looking initiative with the younger generation.
Learn more about Stem to the Future and their work on tigetothefuture.org and on Instagram @stemtothefuture.