Apply Today! iLead+Design - a community action studio

In a dynamic, startup-like environment, iLead+Design participants will:

  • cultivate teamwork, collaboration, and leadership skills
  • develop creative confidence, improvisation, problem-solving and communication skills
  • dive into principles of human centered design thinking
  • ideate, prototype, and test novel solutions while working in teams
  • co-create with a variety of cloud-based digital media and collaboration tools
  • actively engage with community partners and program coaches to understand challenges, apply design thinking processes, and design solutions 
  • present solutions and communicate the processes used to achieve them to peers, coaches, and community members

Open to:    Students currently enrolled in 9th - 12th grade.
Dates:        Two weeks: June 12 - 23, 2017
Hours:       9am - 3pm
Location:   National Steinbeck Center
Fee:            $800 (Financial Aid Available)
Size:           6 Students per Coach
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**An Application is required for this program**

Previous Challenge Partners:

  • Monterey County Government Center
  • Ma's Green Living
  • MEarth
  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Save Our Shores
  • Animal Friends Rescue Project
  • Surfrider Foundation of Monterey
  • SPCA of Monterey
  • The City of Monterey

The Lyceum -- in partnership with the Steinbeck Center and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey,  --  seeks young innovators currently in grades 9 - 12 to participate in the iLead+Design community action studio for two weeks in summer 2017 (June 12 - 23). Studio participants will collaborate with program community partners to understand and define challenges, investigate opportunities for innovation, and design and deliver meaningful solutions.     

Who is an iLead+Design participant?

Students in good standing who believe they have much to offer their community    
Creative problem-solvers who ask great questions and enjoy challenge-based learning
Collaborators who work well in teams
Contributors willing to meet deadlines on behalf of a team
Communicators interested in developing their voice

Special Thanks to the following iLead+Design coaches:


Bob Cole

Bob Cole – Director, Digital Learning Commons | Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
iL+D Co-Founder, Coach 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

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Aaron Eden - Co-founder and Principal, Eliad Group |
iL+D Co-Founder, Coach 2013, 2017

Sean Raymond

Sean Raymond - Academic Dean | York School
iL+D Co-Founder, Coach 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017


Tritia Moneypenny

Tritia Moneypenny - Youth Development Specialist
iL+D Coach 2014, 2015, 2016