design in our schools

Headed into the third year of program operation, Thrive recruits recent art and design college graduates (Design Mentors) to assist EAST Classroom Facilitators and Art teachers - providing creative industry skill-sets to high school students while simultaneously nurturing leadership through community service projects. Thrive is currently concluding its second-year contract with the Helena-West Helena School District to provide these services. Projects within the EAST Classroom remain community oriented and have included designing historic hiking trails to generate tourism traffic; designing a VR tour of historic Helena landmarks; and designing a pop-up prom shop – enabling students to access prom. Additionally, skill-sets provided within the Art Classroom have included learning creative industry standard computer applications such as the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as printmaking and photography - all taught while discussing real-world career opportunities that exist within the creative industry.

How does it work?

If approved, Thrive will place two Design Mentors on campus - one Design Mentor in Art and one Design Mentor in EAST, however staffing needs can be tailored to fit the needs of participating school districts. Thrive will also provide support through the use of the Thrive Center and its staff.

If you are interested in serving the creative students of your rural community please contact us below to begin the discussion.


want to build your portfolio while mentoring?

If you are interested in becoming one of our design mentors
check out the job page! Work for Thrive on client work two days a week while working in the schools Tuesdays-Thursdays for a school year!