youth empowerment / young designers

Since 2012, the Lowline Young Designers Program (YDP) has grown organically out of interest and enthusiasm among local parents, educators, and community leaders, seeing the Lowline as not only extraordinarily exciting to young people, but a way to give these young people a voice in determining the kind of public space they would like the Lowline to become. It has so far reached nearly 3,000 students, providing unique access to innovative, experiential education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

The Young Designers Program has held two public exhibits and workshops, one in 2014 and one in 2015, to celebrate and showcase the high volume of ideas and feedback from participating youth, and to invite the local community to provide additional input.

Young Designers Program at the Lowline Lab
Given the extraordinary potential of the Lowline Lab as an interactive learning space, we expanded and enhanced our Young Designers Program and integrated it with the Lowline Lab. Through our enhanced inquiry-based curriculum, students learned the principles of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), in the context of an exciting urban design project that is both tangible and relevant to their lives.

The program, led by CityScience, consisted of an engaging lecture on the Lowline and its relationship to STEAM fields, and interactive STEAM­-oriented activities for students, designed to support scientific inquiry and creative visualization.

The Lowline Young Designers Program held open enrollment for youth in grades K-12 from October 2014 through March 2016. Registration for the Young Designers Program at the Lowline Lab is currently closed. Please contact with any questions.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is composed of a selected group of STEM professionals who have extensive experience in the field of STEAM and education. The Education Committee members advise the program in a variety of capacities that serve to enhance the program’s curriculum, operations and overall execution.

Kristian Breton • New York Academy of Sciences

Isa Del Bello • Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Scott Conti • New Design High School

Mikey Cordero • Urban Arts Partnership

Marc Lesser • MOUSE

Shantelena Mouzon • Young Designer Parent

Anthony Negron • New York Hall of Science

Sarah Pidgeon • Solar One

Armando Somoza • Urban Arts Partnership

Julia Vallera • The Hive

Community Partners

The Lowline has previously partnered with over a dozen educational organizations and institutions, including Abrons Art Center, Asian American for Equality, Chinese American Planning Council, Educational Alliance, Manny Cantor Center, Grand Street Settlement, Henry Street Settlement, University Settlement and 14th Street Y, Battery Park City School, Boys & Girls Republic, Brooklyn Tech, Center for Architecture, Essex Street Academy, The Lower East Side Girls Club, Lower East Side Preparatory High School, New Design High School, Teak Fellowship and Urban Arts Partnership.  

Getting Involved

This program receives support from the Pinkerton Foundation & The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Please contact us at for sponsorship opportunities or if your organization is interested in learning more about the Lowline Young Designers Program.