A Different Take

Abigail Emerson

Currently, in Innovation Diploma, we are partnered with Buckhead Christian Ministries. In a team of 7, we have been diving deep into the design brief on what’s begun as immediate rehousing. These past few weeks, we were able to really get to know BCM, researching and brainstorming possible ideas, getting a more wholesome understanding of what it is that we’re doing.

Just recently, we visited the Buckhead Christian Ministries facilities, and talked more to the President, Keeva Kase, and the Director of Volunteer and Community Relations, Tiffany Banks. From our meetup, we were really able to gain more of an understanding about what direction they pictured us going in, and it definitely boosted all of our morals, making us all ready and excited to start working again. The biggest pain-points that they pointed out to us were the always-crowded hotline they have available to people, the need to flush out…

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Frazer Center Update

Over the course of seven months, I worked through the design thinking process several times with the Frazer Center, a nonprofit organization in Druid Hills that provides an inclusive preschool to kids with and without developmental disabilities, and provides an adult program to encourage adults with disabilities to explore their community and grow. Our mission was to create an outdoor classroom in their 39 acres of mature forest, help redirect their curriculum and create lasting relationships with other institutions on a similar journey.

During this process, I went through several rounds of empathy interviews and site visits with Frazer and other institutions with similar goals. I conducted hundreds of hours on research on rules and regulations for outdoor classrooms and playgrounds, and I researched what is most conducive for learning in an outdoor space. During the Frazer project, I designed and led a design thinking flash lab with faculty from the Frazer center and administrators of other forward-thinking institutions, that we had held empathy interviews with before, in order to form lasting relationships and brainstorm about the future of education. Through planning the flash lab we were able to help the Frazer center create a network of schools for them to have a continued relationship with these institutions. The Frazer Center has proceeded to use parts of our work to transform their campus.

When originally joined ID it was hard for me to find motivation to produce well thought-out work because I had no reason to try. But when working with the Frazer Center, I was able to work for someone and meet the people that I would be changing the lives of, which is an experience I can say is truly unique and motivational.


Author: Claire is a senior at Mount Vernon who is entering her third year in Innovation Diploma

A Fresh Start for December

Journey Through Education

Now that I am a part of the juniors and seniors cohort for Innovation Diploma I am ready to get started on new design briefs and work with real life companies!! Currently in Innovation Diploma we are working with four different companies. We have the opportunity to work with the Atlanta Human and Civil Rights Museum, Georgia’s Farmers Market, and the Buckhead Christian Ministries and then another cohort is starting their own creative mornings for the public so that innovation diploma is not only advertised but spread to other schools.


I began to start working with Buckhead Christian Ministries along with three other girls, Abigail Emerson, Claire Jarrell, and Grace Griswold. Buckhead Christian Ministries is an organization that provides rapid housing for homeless families or couples. The issue with this is that the hotline is too easily clogged because of all the constant family calls in the beginning of the…

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January Conference

What is it: A playground for intentional conversations, to listen and brainstorm ideas for meaningful speakers. Through this event, we will bring together a variety of students and adults from all over Atlanta to connect and make an impact on your community.

When is it → January 25, 2017 from 9am to 10:30am

Location: Providence Chapel

Organizers → Innovation Members Skylar, Kylie, Brady, Catherine, Anna, Melina, and Mitch

Featured Speakers → Dr. Jacobson and at least two other guest CEO’s

Ticket Information: Tickets are free. If you would like to attend, please fill out a form here. (Link forthcoming).









Ticket Information → FREE!!!