Wilmington tends to house a lot of nonprofit startups that span many different categories, from tech to workforce education, to housing, etc. Yet none are quite like Y innovations. Started by University of Delaware students Brennan Stark and Steve Burns, Y innovations is a nonprofit organization that works to create sustainable, affordable housing made from natural resources. The goal of this project is to stimulate economic growth and development in Wilmington by creating housing that is cheap, affordable and sustainable. Quite a venture for two college freshmen!

Summarized from the full original post on technical.ly/delaware. Image courtesy of Y innovations

The Archmere grads and current University of Delaware freshmen were inspired by Elon Musk when they ambitiously decided in 2016 to design a living space that was as eco-friendly, naturally efficient and affordable — and they wanted to build them for people who otherwise can’t afford to buy their own home. With the help of Family Promise, the 660-square-foot natural house they’re building at 2903 N. Jefferson St. will become the home of a family struggling with housing.

For the groundbreaking, they’re inviting the whole community to come out between 1 and 4 p.m. on the 31st for a block party at the site, with free food and soft drinks, giveaways and a ceremonial first dig. For directions and to RSVP, click here.

Watch the video below to see them speaking about the project at a recent TEDxYouth talk.

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