The 3.5-year DesignMyFuture project started in 2019 and is jointly led by Dr Marc Fabri from Leeds School of Art and Professor Mhairi Beaton from Carnegie School of Education, both at Leeds Beckett University. The aim of the project is to reduce early school leaving, promote positive decision making and prevent young people from entering the job market with insufficient skills. DesignMyFuture will conclude at the end of December 2022.
DesignMyFuture focuses on young people’s identity development: The project team is developing a game that allows young people to learn about skills that are useful in different areas of life, education or work. Young people can identify the skills they already possess and be encouraged to think about how to attain new skills. The game allows them to explore their possible future in a safe, playful and engaging way. Another project output is a guide for parents, sharing good practice and examples of how to support and guide young people during this important stage of their life. Last not least, DesignMyFuture creates guides and training materials teachers involved in supporting the young people.
What’s the impact?
In the long term, DesignMyFuture will contribute to increased employment, greater cohesion in society and economic prosperity despite the rapid changes in the employment market. This is particularly relevant for groups who are at an increased risk of not having the educational preparations and qualifications for a twenty-first century workplace and society.
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