Project Osmosis is always seeking college young and seasoned professionals to share their creative knowledge and insight of design with our students. We have many opportunities for you to volunteer as a judge at our annual High School Design Competition or facilitate a workshop for our Design Youth Forum. You can even play in paint all day with elementary-aged youth at our Self-Portrait program.

With over seven annual programs and custom programming developed in collaboration with our art/design partners we offer many opportunities for educators and mentors to share in our mission of providing design education/awareness to our aspiring and accomplished design professionals. Checkout our “Design Initiatives” page to learn more.



If you are interested in volunteering with us, download and fill out the form below, and send us an email, info@projectosmosis.org.

“What designers do affects so many people.”
– Charles Harrison



Osmosis Design Education Initiative TM (also known as Project Osmosis) was established as a not-for-profit organization to further “design education for underserved minority youth.” Today, Project Osmosis is devoted to preserving and promoting the enduring achievements of both professional designers and mentoring the talents of our youth. The Project Osmosis philosophical principles are expressed in three words: dreams, self-expression and community. Project Osmosis believes that dreams come true, self-expression matters and our communities will benefit from our youth’s creativity. Osmosis Design Education Initiative provides a unique understanding and appreciation of visual arts. Areas of focus include: graphic design, multimedia, urban design, Industrial design, architecture, fashion design, and interior design.

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Scholarships + Awards

in scholarships and awards to the young creatives in our programs



For more than 20 years, we have helped 10,000+ youth in Chicago who lacked resources to explore careers in design.


Some talented
designers we
have worked with.

Brand Awareness

“Osmosis has taught me about self branding and brand awareness and how I as a person have creative power”

Jeriq Howard

Student Winner, Osmosis Design Competition

Design Professional

“My role with Osmosis helped me to become a more strategic thinker. Osmosis has helped me develop my career as a design professional.”

Raven Bedenfield

Former Director of Programming

Let's Collaborate

Only 3% of graphic designers in the U.S. are African American. — 2019 AIGA/Google Design Census

Project Osmosis —a 501c3 nonprofit— needs your support to serve more young people and continue providing them with the programs, mentoring, tools and funding for them to pursue their creative dreams—and find hope in their future.

Our mission is to create a legacy for the next generation of designers of color and to provide them with a safe space to develop their creative gifts and skills.

Help us grow our impact and transform the life of a young creative by making a tax-deductible donation to Osmosis today!

Scholarships + Awards

We’ve given more than $200,000+ in scholarships and awards to the young creatives in our programs.

Design Education

We’re teaching our youth that THEIR DREAMS MATTER.

More than 20 years

For more than 20 years, we have helped 10,000+ youth in Chicago who were lacking resources to explore careers in design.

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