Tandus Centiva has partnered with interior designer Suzanne Tick to raise funding and awareness for the Publicolor Summer Design Studio.

Publicolor is a youth development not-for-profit that has a multi-day, multi-year program continuum. It was developed to uniquely engage disaffected students through commercial painting and applied learning models to transform their institutional-looking schools to warm, welcoming student centric environments, according to the organization.

Through the Summer Design Studio (SDS), a seven-week summer enrichment program, Publicolor teaches at-risk teens literacy and math through the scaffold of product design. The program is held at the Pratt Institute and helps participants with S.A.T. exam prep while experiencing life on a college campus.

Tandus said the partnership with Tick has created a venue for clients and customers to support this program. Tick designs a collection of soft surface flooring products for Tandus called STI, and when a product from this collection is specified and purchased for an education project, Tick and Tandus have each committed a 10-cent per square yard donation to Publicolor. With over 40 STI designs to choose from, these K-12 and higher education specifications and purchases will positively impact the lives of Publicolor students, according to the company.

A list of contributing designs can be found at tandus-centiva.com/content/publicolor.