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Don't Fake It, Make It!

Learn how to build your own prototype and launch a product!

5- Month Program for Youth (ages 15-30)

November 2023 - March 2024

Why join the program?

  • Bring your product/project idea to life!

  • Learn the skills needed for design, fabrication and prototyping.

  • Get access to MSYK tools, equipment and training.

  • Participants get a $500 material credit for their prototyping idea.

  • Participants that complete the program get a free FULL YEAR Makerspace membership.

  • Get one-on-one mentor support on your prototyping journey.

Applications Closed for 2023.

What is it?

Don't Fake It, Make It, is a 5-month youth entrepreneurship program for business product, prototyping and production. This program will assist youth (ages 15-30) in building and refining their products in a low-risk environment while gaining knowledge and experience to take the next steps in their entrepreneurial journey.

Want to be a mentor?

Are you a seasoned creative, tinkerer, artist, and/or entrepreneur that wants to share their experience?


How can you get involved?

We’re looking for mentors to provide guidance and advice to youth wanting to build and develop products. Your role as a mentor will be to support their skill building journey and act as a sounding board.


How much time will it take?

Mentors must be prepared to commit at least 1 hour a week (4hrs/month) to the project during the 5 months. Youth and their mentors will coordinate their own meeting times. 


How will mentors be selected?

Mentors must be skilled makers- be that in the form of creative development, fabrication, building, prototyping, beading, sewing, etc. Final selections will be made based on the needs of the participants. 


How will mentors be compensated?

Each mentor will receive an honorarium of $1,500 over the course of the program.

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