Ryan Pugh - Mentor & Curriculum Development

When I was growing up there were plenty of options to explore my creative side. In junior high I had art and music classes as well as industrial arts classes that were not just offered, they were mandatory. This introduced me to the many tools and mediums that we use every day in design. As I moved into high school these classes were still offered, but on an optional basis.

Fast forward 15 or so years and we are left with today's state of public schools. Rare is the school that still has an art class or any kind of industrial arts program, let alone the shop or tools needed for such a thing. The lack of industrial arts programs in today's public schools, coupled with my own desire to mentor today's youth is what led me to iDo.

Since I have been with this program it has had its ups and downs, but the one constant has been the positive effect it has on the students and mentors involved. The community bench project has been our best curriculum so far and it has been so great to see the students become so involved and engaged in their work. The greatest reward with the bench project has been having the kids working on their projects and be so excited about it that they come to me asking for more or what's next.

Jennifer Cheung "...this program provides kids with not only skills, but an opportunity to discover their creative side".
Ashley Welton "...I not only feel like I have impacted the lives of these students, but that they have benefited my life as well".
Trevor Ali "It is great to watch these teens use the skills we are teaching them while building their own design".
Gigi Ghio "iDo-a belief in the value & power of education & acting upon that belief to help inspire and influence students..."

iDo:Industrial Design Outreach | Fine Arts Building 419 | 1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco, CA 94132