What We Do

Youth Design Center (formerly Made in Brownsville) is a youth creative agency and innovation hub providing a gateway for young people to learn marketable hard skills in STEAM, access postsecondary education, achieve economic mobility, and engage in place-based community revitalization.

How We Do It

Modeled as a creative service agency, our projects teach design thinking, art, multimedia, tech and communication skills to give young people the technical and leadership tools they need to compete in the innovation economy and to be leaders in their community. YDC offers studios and mentorship in 3D design, printmaking, painting, 3D modeling and fabrication, photography, coding/WDD/robotics, graphic design, video and animation. Design mentors collaborate with youth on projects that impact the vitality of the community as well as client commissioned creative projects.



Quardean Lewis-Allen

Founder and CEO

Brittany Bellinger

Program Manager

Erika Pettersen

Development Manager


Eloy Ortega, Visual Design

Desdemona Dallas, Photo/Video

Khaalid Rahman, Woodworking

Shyheim Blake, Graphic Design

Jamar Smith, Photography, Web Design, Screen Printing

Kwesi Johnson, Graphic Design

Francisco Trevino, Graphic Design

Deangelo Pipkin, Graphic Design

Canice Munroe, Graphic Design

Daren Duffie, Graphic Design, Screen Printing

Gerard Alison, Graphic Design, Screen Printing

Darian Dawkins, Advertising & Marketing, Graphic Design

N Carlos Jay, Muralist

Verneda Adele White, Apparel Designer

Self, Printmaking

Jamal Jordan, 2017

Steven Clunis, Graphic Design

Emmanuel Oni, 3D Design

Karyn Westbrooks, Photo/Video

Jazmine Hayes, Muralist

Angela Hill, Printmaker

Matthew Kenney, Coder

Elvin Santana, Apparel Designer

Jacqueline Martinez, Graphic Design

Rayshawn Levy

Shamroc Cook

Austin Kety

Stephanie Matthews

Mohammed Miah

Bryan Aucapina

Evan Hart

Aris Robles

Peter James

Markel Jordan

Racheal Barrett, Development

Vickie Casey

Lindsay McKenzie, Founding member

Jamal Jordan, Producer

Jordan Martins

Evelyn Tilney, Founding member

Alan Waxman, Founding member

Wendy W. Fok, Founding member

Alan Ai, Founding member

Jacqueline Nakanyike-Lugudde, Founding member

Stephanie Torres, Founding member

Qiana Lewis

Victoria Moore-Allen

Victor Green

Jacqueline Kennedy

Ronald Comeau

Daphne Lundi

Emma Osore

Kenyatta Mclean

Kethia Joseph

Our Board

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    Justin Garrett Moore

    Executive Director, NYC Public Design Commission 

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    Rasmia Kirmani-Frye


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    Jerry Blaine

    ​Chief Executive Officer, LDI Color ToolBox

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    Adenike Huggins

    Senior Director, Education Policy and Advocacy, National Urban League

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    Mark Gardner

    Principal, Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects

Current Supporters

Contact Us

Office Temporarily Closed Due to COVID–19
Remote Hours of Operation – Monday-Friday 10am-6pm

Have a question or need more information? We look forward to hearing from you!

Main: 718-513-1115

General Inquiries: info@youthdesigncenter.org


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