Tempe, Arizona – September, 2015. AIGA Arizona hosted a Girls Driving for a Difference workshop at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. Girls Driving for a Difference (GDD) was started by four Stanford students, who set out on a summer long road trip across the country in an RV to provide design thinking workshops for girls. Their goal was to use design thinking to empower middle-school girls to become the future leaders of social change.
Throughout the activities in the workshop, in addition to design thinking, the girls were engaged in discussions about immigration, bullying, depression, and suicide. The GDD team taught the youth different design thinking techniques that included brainstorming, re-framing problems into opportunities, and defining one’s own leadership style. The most important goal of the workshop was to inspire and encourage the girls to collaborate with each other.
At the end of the workshop, each girl crafted their own mission statement for creating social change in their community. By the end of the workshop, these young women were thinking and talking about how they can make an impact both today and in the future.