One-of-a-kind program in Evanston shows dreams can come true

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EVANSTON, Ill. -- It is 16,000 square feet of raw space. A blank canvas designed to let imaginations soar.

At Hackstudio in Evanston, Ill., is a one of its kind program focused on making anything possible.

Kids can explore their love of music, building, developing a line of bath products, landing a scooter jump, designing clothes, even becoming an entrepeneur.

Mentors help participants navigate the learning process, as do the others in the program. Rules here at Hackstudio? Commit to getting your project done, give support and understand everyone here matters.

And it’s not just kids anymore. Stay at home mother of three Lina Nicklin is using the adult pilot program to design a webpage for curating handcrafted goods. Now she’s making contacts and learning from others in a similar situation.

Founder Michael Meiners says growth is only possible by facing failure head on and having the courage to overcome it.

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