Youth Programs

Graduate student Dara Smyth works with Alberti Program students in Givens Hall. Photo: James Byard/Washington University.

Engaging youth in the St. Louis community in architecture, art, and design is essential to building a pipeline of students interested in taking on the challenges of the world through creative practice. The programs below connect Sam Fox School students and faculty with youth from the St. Louis region.

The Alberti Program: Architecture for Young People

The Alberti Program, now in partnership with PGAV Destinations, is a problem-solving studio workshop about architecture, community, and the environment for students ages 8-16 from St. Louis schools. Find out more here>>

Design Connection

Design Connection (formerly WashUCity) is a design partnership that was initiated in 2002 between the Sam Fox School and University City High School, a nearby public high school. Find out more here>>

College Prep Program: Design Thinking

WashU's College Prep Program offers an intensive, on-campus learning experience to first-generation, college-bound high school students from the St. Louis region. Second-year College Prep participants take Design Thinking: An Approach to Problem Solving. Find out more here>>