Empowering learners to think creatively, work collaboratively with others, and implement innovations. 

Big News: We're expanding our design innovation program for social entrepreneurs and nonprofits!

Social Innovation Studio features a multi-stage process to help social entrepreneur teams and nonprofits make promising ideas even more compelling to beneficiaries of the idea and investors alike.

Last fall, HFLI launched Social Innovation Studio with Ford's corporate foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, to capitalize on growing millennial interest in and demand for participation in social entrepreneurship projects. Following a successful pilot, Social Innovation Studio is
expanding to include emerging projects and NGO partners from Ford's global communities.

HFLI's design innovation program can also be sponsored by other accelerators and foundations to support their participants and grantees.

Ford's Thirty Under 30 Fellows Highlight Ideas for Local Nonprofits at Annual Showcase

Over the past eight months, 30 Ford employees under the age of 30 from the U.S. and - for the first time, Canada -spent time away from their regular jobs to learn a new way of thinking and leading change. 

The six teams of fellows were paired with local nonprofits in a learning experience facilitated by HFLI that would result in promising ideas for addressing the complex issue of homelessness and furthering the nonprofit's goals.

As part of this year's program, six of the Thirty Under 30 fellows participated in a panel discussion with Ford Fund President Jim Vella. The panel focused on how the fellows can translate their experience and the design thinking process back into their jobs at Ford.

"Design Thinking has allowed our team to work fearlessly together to take ideas to new heights," reflected Muneeb Hameed.

Back by Popular Demand: Design Thinking Workshops
for Educators - Summer 2019

HFLI's 2019 Summer Design Thinking Workshops are multi-day, hands-on professional development experiences in Detroit and San Antonio - workshops for educators, by educators and designers:

Detroit: July 22-24
San Antonio: August 5-7
A 3-day experience that provides K-20 educators with an in-depth introduction to Design Thinking and how it can be used to engage students in projects that foster engagement, innovation and creativity.

Detroit: July  25-26
San Antonio: August  8-9
A 2-day experience for school leaders and transformational educators who want to build skills, work collaboratively, and use design thinking to address a specific challenge and enact change in their schools.

Sign up now and take advantage of our Early Bird pricing! Group discounts are also available for groups of 5 or more. And if you are a teacher from a Title I school, you can receive a substantial discount to make our professional learning experiences more accessible. Contact us at designthinking@hfli.org to learn more.

Step Inside Our Equity Session

\ What does equity mean, particularly in education? We brought more than 40 Detroiters together to consider this complicated question in an inclusive, hands on workshop. Hear from some of the participants in this 2-minute video.
Developing Strong Educators

HFLI -- in partnership with Black Male Educators Alliance of Michigan -- is one of 21 semi-finalists selected from nearly 650 applications to the My Brother's Keeper Detroit Innovation Challenge.

The HFLI + BMEA challenge project for MBK will focus on developing strong black male educators for Detroit's youth.
MBK is a $500,000 initiative supported by The Skillman Foundation, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, JP Morgan Chase, and Ford Motor Company Fund. Selections were made by a group of 30 judges, including previous Challenge awardees and Detroit youth.
HFLI + BMEA and the other semi-finalists are currently engaged in an 8-week prototyping phase where they will develop, test and strengthen their ideas to ensure feasibility and impact.
(Photo Credit: The Skillman Foundation)

Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design Soars in State Arts Rankings

Congratulations to the staff and students at our high school in San Antonio for being named in the top five Best Arts Schools in Texas by Niche -- and the best arts school in San Antonio!

Video Series Features Henry Ford Academy Principal

Cora Christmas -- long-time principal of Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, and an HFLI board member -- is featured in a new
video series that features Michigan's trailblazing educational partnerships and school leaders.

Congratulations, Nan!

Our team was excited to be on-hand as Nan Gill, HFLI's Sr. Director of Education, received a unique honor for her service to Detroit's children and their families --- a middle school that now bears her name.

University Prep Middle School - Nanette Gill Campus serves more than 450 students in grades K-8 and is part of the second largest public school district in Detroit. A former superintendent, teacher, and instructional coach, Nan has educational leadership experience in both Detroit and Ann Arbor. 

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