How Might We Engage Youth To Learning?

August 3, 2020 | Emily Murray

This past spring, I had the opportunity to be a part of a Human Centered Design research project where we looked at youth and education. My team included Truclusion consultants and local educators. Together, we sought out how might we better connect youth to learning.

What makes the Human-Centered Design process so effective is it goes directly to the people you are trying to support for the answers on how to best support them. We asked youth from our local public schools and youth programs about their passions; what they are, how they got introduced to them, and how do they make them feel? We found three common themes kept occurring: emotion, exposure and influence. Here are details from each theme.


  • Youth show pride in themselves and/or their community.

  • Youth are driven to improve the world around them.