Services To Enhance Potential (STEP) is pleased to announce its partnership with College for Creative Studies (CCS) for a collaborative ideation scholarship competition that allows sophomore and junior students to further their development in design. STEP Thrift Store and Donation Center (formerly Tried and True Thrift Store and Donation Center) owned and operated by STEP; is scheduled to open its third Thrift Store this upcoming June in Dearborn Heights. On Tuesday, April 11, 2016, nine CCS students were selected to present their ideas and designs to a panel of STEP judges at the Taubman Center in Detroit to compete for a $500 scholarship and a spring/summer internship. Junior Ian Evans succeeded his peers and was chosen as the scholarship award recipient. Due to the many unique and innovative presentations, STEP decided to award an additional $250 scholarship to the runner up team- Nadine Dupont and Laural Soloway. The winning designs will be used for the interior layout of the new STEP store opening in June.
“Working with CCS, their team, and their students exceeded our expectations! We are beyond impressed with the welcoming atmosphere CCS provided, as well as the students’ dedication towards this project. We would like to thank all of the participating students for their involvement and we greatly enjoyed their talents and ideas,” said Sinziana Luchian, STEP Marketing & Communications Manager.
“This is a very exciting time for STEP! With the new store, the goal is not only to bring in potential customers, but also to raise awareness about the many programs STEP provides to individuals with barriers. The collaboration with CCS allows us to continue our brand promise while creating awareness for our programs – which benefit the people we serve and our community.”
With the scheduled opening of STEP’s third Thrift Store and Donation Center and the recent rebranding- STEP is looking forward to having a blank canvas to work with and to further the value of the education system through design. The students provided ideation of the following criteria: creativity, innovation, thoughtful placement and purposefulness. The students were responsible for providing the concepts and the renderings of interiors that would be exciting not only from a retail perspective but for the students’ engagement; and the exterior that can draw in prospective buyers, donors and consumers.
“When customers make donations and or shop at any of our Thrift Store locations, they’re helping our cause. We hire the individuals we serve; allowing them to earn an income, integrate in community life and learn useful real-world skills.”