The programs within Sneakerhead Youth Empowerment Center’s, Design, Art, Technology, Educational, and Behavioral Support is the very best in both a world and national class. The SHYEC’s curriculum is designed to prepare and teach students within our program sneaker/footwear design, problem-solving, prototyping, marketing, business strategy, and development, as well image and branding, through an intensive mentorship model, including educational and behavioral support.
In an extreme effort to be recognized throughout national rankings; we also understand that any academic program, School or even university is more than its rankings. They only point to a larger reality of the quality and impact of our organization.
Within Sneakerhead Youth, you’ll have the opportunity to work with your peers, faculty and industry leaders in all of our disciplines, as well as with students, faculty, and professionals from throughout the community support organizations, including local businesses, engineering, the athletic shoe and apparel companies and more. You’ll engage in real-world projects brought to us by regional, national and even international clients. The goal: to reduce recidivism, gang violence, and youth imprisonment by improving the quality of life through innovations in art, technology, and sneaker design.
What’s more, many of our programs include cooperative education. Cooperative education is where students alternate in the classroom throughout a course of time for paid, professional work. Our students literally work to expand their educational options while building impressive resumes and professional networks. It’s safe to say: no design program in the nation can match Sneakerhead’s co-op program.
Our accolades are accompanied by a great responsibility to our students. We are dedicated to living up to our acclaim by both challenging our students academically while supporting them personally in a place where students are engaged, prepared for lifelong practice and invited to lead in their respective fields.
The Schools of Design, Architecture, Technology, Art, and Behavioral Support at SHYEC, has as its primary mission the creation of a better visual and design environment. Through excellence in educational programs, research, creative works, and service to the community, the staff, the students, and administrative officers of SHYEC are dedicated to achieve this mission.
We place high value on commitment to: personal and professional integrity, an environment that cultivates enthusiasm for learning and creativity, an appreciation for both common and diverse interests, an affirmation of the principles and practice of equal rights, and the benefits of interdisciplinary interaction. We express these values through high standards for teaching and learning; excellence in creative works, research, and scholarship; and professional and community service. These collective values will be persistently articulated and vigorously implemented.
We share the universal concerns of higher education: discovering, preserving, and disseminating knowledge; educating youth in search of a rich and meaningful existence; exploring and integrating technology; behavioral support, creating, studying, and interpreting the quality of the world in which we live.
We achieve our mission through works and studies that are academically rigorous, technically sound, socially responsible, and aesthetically superior. We are committed to educating future leaders in their respective fields, enhancing an understanding of the arts, contributing to cultural understanding in a global society, and effective utilization of technology in academic and professional endeavors.