Rutgers Preparatory School has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy and Schoolyard Ventures to develop a Social Innovators Program so that RPS upper school students will have the opportunity to solve real-world problems using entrepreneurial skills.
The program, which is funded in part by a grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation, is open to all Juniors and Seniors in the Business and Entrepreneurship Innovation, is a 13-week online course, directed at RPS by Humanities teacher Rob Kuchar. In early 2019 students will work in groups to identify local and global issues and develop plans to bring positive change, using tools such as microfinancing, crowdsourcing, and online activism. “It will get students thinking in a new way,” says Kuchar, who explains that a social approach to entrepreneurship “isn’t about ‘How do I maximize my profits?’ but ‘How do I change the world?’”
Students in the program will check in weekly with Penn professors for guidance and advice. At the end of 13 weeks, they will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Pennsylvania – and even better, their ideas will be put to work helping people and communities in the real world. “The goal is to create fully workable programs,” says Kuchar.
There will be an informational meeting about the program for students and families at RPS on Thursday, October 25. Those interested should email Mr. Kuchar at firstname.lastname@example.org.