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Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity


J. Michael Fox

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J. Michael Fox


Design Thinking is quickly changing from a model of designing products to becoming known for human centered design. This change has occurred with the work of companies like IDEO, who strive to bring about change to non-profits in socially innovative ways. With this knowledge, more people are utilizing Design Thinking in new and challenging ways. This project serves to use Design Thinking and human centered design to assist in the ongoing challenge of youth who age out of the foster care system by creating a lesson plan to teach foster care and adoption agencies effective ways to recruit mentors and to sustain mentor relationships with youth. With the help of mentoring relationships, these foster care youth may have a more positive experience in care, and may transition out of care with supportive role models.