Building and strengthening the firm’s design culture while spreading the value of design to local communities is the vision of the HKS Design Fellowship. The Fellowship – founded in 2006 – brings together the firm’s brightest design-minded talent from all over the world and pairs them with students to work on a specific design problem in the community. The goal: cultivate emerging design talent, excite and stimulate new ideas, and deepen the design philosophy across all of HKS’s offices in an effort to continue to raise the quality of design. Going beyond an isolated design exercise, the charrette seeks participation from key community stakeholders. The product of each year’s event is a deliverable that may be used to help further the issue being addressed. The 2010 HKS Design Fellows worked – on a pro-bono basis – with Omar Jahwar, founder and chief visionary officer of Vision Regeneration, to design a new inner-city community center expansion aimed at reducing crimes committed by teens in South Dallas/Oak Cliff. HKS Design Fellowship drawings and documents are being used as marketing materials for Vision Regeneration’s fundraising efforts. The center is projected to open in 2013.