The United Nations outlined an ambitious but critical 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for the year 2030. It necessitates multi-disciplinary and multi-collaboration at unprecedented levels. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the education system is broken and not adequately preparing future leaders. Some schools may teach or debate about them but not enough are doing much about them.
Our Teen Impact Accelerator’s Youth Global Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship Certificate is designed to empower teenagers with the skills, mentorship, and opportunities to develop their own social enterprise to address pressing global problems. It is a part-education and part-incubator program focused on launching real-world projects. Students will engage in a 9-month exploration of entrepreneurial journey focused on leadership, networking, story-telling, global citizenship, empathy design, and building skills in technology and innovation in an area and region of their choosing. The certificate is open to boys and girls in middle or high school (separate tracks) who are interested in an interdisciplinary approach — combining STEAM and humanities — to solving complex issues around the world.
The program is a combination of live and recorded online learning sessions and opportunities to connect with global leaders and entrepreneurs. Throughout the program, students will get to work with various social impact organizations around the world to build real solutions to real-world problems, culminating in social enterprise proposals, research papers, a mobile app, a website, or many different formats that students could use to work with changemakers and impact investors around the world.
What students will explore:
- Personal identity and its impact on our perspectives
- Building a deep cultural connection and empathy
- Leadership and individual leadership styles
- Pushing the boundaries and intellectual risk-taking
- How to collaborate with global social impact organizations
- The impact of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the Fourth Industrial Revolution era
- Personally beliefs and value systems
- Design thinking as a process to create impactful products and services
- Identify particular global issues they feel passionate about and doing something about to create a positive impact in the world
Summary of program goals:
- Develop the ability to think critically about global change and a deeper understanding of the interconnected and interdependent nature of our world
- Practice solving real-world problems using STEAM, along with an increased understanding of what is necessary to succeed in today’s digital economy
- Gain inspiration and experience by listening and interacting with first-rate speakers including educators, social entrepreneurs, and industry professionals
- Design, develop and present a final student project that could continue to grow after the program
- Experience digital marketing and branding strategies that could help develop the digital presence of projects and initiatives
- Develop cross-cultural knowledge, empathy, and communication skills
Interdisciplinary approach (STEAM + Humanities)
The Global Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship Certificate is an interdisciplinary program that combines both STEAM and humanities. For example, we would want a computer programmer to be ethical and understand how human connections work when coding a new mobile app; similarly, we wouldn’t want a politician tasked to make transportation policies without understanding how autonomous driving technology works. Consequently, in this program, students will learn to harness technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship skills and experiences to think critically and problem-solve real-world problems through launching projects (e.g. launching a website, social media campaign, mobile app, launching a company or NGO, publishing research papers).
Examples of T.I.E. topics covered
AI & Machine Learning
Finance & Accounting
The social entrepreneurial design process and final deliverables
September – December
- Opening Weekend (mid-September, 2021)
- Introductory workshops online
- Online Classes (recorded Zoom)
- Weekly asynchronous assignments
- Biweekly synchronous class meetings: 1.5 hour sessions
- Class content:
- Intro to Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (T.I.E.)
- Introduction to Design Thinking
- Global Studies
- Leadership and Empowerment
- Identify a global issue, develop inquiry and begin research
- Website Development
- Collaborative work with other Certificate Cohorts
- Social Enterprise Proposal Development
- Guest speakers and panels
- Opportunity to hear from leaders around the world in various industries
- Monthly Regional Meetups and weekly “club” meetings
mid-December – early January: Winter Break
January – March
- Online Classes, covering:
- Global and Entrepreneurial Studies
- Collaborative work with other Certificate Cohorts
- Presentation Skills
- Synthesize research/data
- Invent prototype solution to a global issue
- Design Thinking
- Monthly Regional Meetups (time zone based “clubs”)
early-mid March: Spring Break (*dates subject to change)
March – May: Online Class
- Class content:
- How to solicit and use feedback from the community on prototype
- Collaborative work with other certificate cohorts
- Digital Marketing
- Finance and Accounting
- Presentation skills
- Implementing and launching a social enterprise
early June: FINAL Project & Presentations
Students should expect to spend 2-4 hours per week on asynchronous work and 3 hours per month engaged in live online sessions. At the beginning of the program, students will be required to attend a series of live online workshops and again halfway through the program in January/February as well. The program begins in mid-September and culminates in final project presentations in early June
- Live (also recorded) class via ZOOM
- Asynchronous class via CANVAS
- A laptop, desktop, or smartphone is required
- SLACK app will be used for communication
* Institutional group pricing is available.
* Limited need-based financial aid is available for students who demonstrate interest and ability.
Apply now to join the 2021-22 cohort!
The STEAM field needs YOU
This is true for anyone, but particularly for girls and students of color. Currently, women make up only 15-25% of the current STEM workforce, demonstrating the serious lack of female representation in the STEAM fields. This may result in more sexist views about females in STEAM, a broader gender salary gap, fewer female role models now and in the future, and many more deteriorating consequences. The statistics get further skewed for women of color. This must change! We want to empower you!
Better College Opportunities
College’s admissions officers value the skills and qualities demonstrated through your extracurricular activities in your high school career. Participating in the TIE Program provides one of the best opportunities ever to enhance your skills and cultivate strength, resilience, curiosity, and many more integral qualities that they’re looking for.
A Jumpstart to Future Career
It is never too early to plan for the future. The TIE Certificate Program provides the opportunity for you to obtain first-hand experience of different jobs through a variety of internships and potentially formal jobs. This kind of exploration of different jobs during high school is extremely beneficial and precious. Grab the opportunity and start looking into the future right now!