Social Impact Project for Communications Experteer for Online Innovation Challenge Series
Project Description and Impact
Context: Our organization runs an annual innovation challenge series that targets emerging entrepreneurs in the U.S. and in some 65 countries around the globe. The program awards cash prizes to teams of students (middle school, high school, or college students and recent grads; ages 13 to 24) for innovative ideas that advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The competition engages young people in learning about the SDGs and also offers them a structured way to learn about design thinking principles and business ideation methods, as well as a chance to explore what motivates social entrepreneurs. Some of our student competitors have in fact gone on to found nonprofit organizations to make their ideas a reality, but the goal of the program is simply to introduce ideas and methods (such as audience personas and customer empathy maps, for example) that will be helpful in future business endeavors. The challenge series is in some respects a "gateway" competition that builds awareness for our organization, introduces basic concepts and prepares students for more substantive business plan and pitch competitions.
Needs: This experteering engagement will be focused on helping us upgrade competition resources and plan for future expansion. We need to improve the resource kits that are made available to student competitors as well as the teachers and community leaders who organize teams and the volunteers from the business community who serve as competition judges. We also need to improve the communications streams to these constituents before, during and after the competition season. And we need to draft a solid project plan for growing the competition in the 2021-2022 school year.
Impacts: 1. Improving resources to make the competition experience more meaningful for students and the community volunteers who support them in related coaching and mentoring engagements. 2. Helping us determine a sustainable approach to growing the program.
By participating in the MovingWorlds Institute, you will first learn social impact frameworks and human-centered design before putting your existing skills and new knowledge to action.
A congenial, collegial virtual working environment - we are very team-oriented and well adapted to distributed work! - as well as a chance to see nonprofit program management up close in an educational context (which may be valuable for someone considering a career transition into K-12 education or nonprofit work).
This project accepts virtual experteers.
About the Hosting Organization
Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship is a Non-profit working on Civic & Social Organization, Education, Program Development.