People locally and globally change people's lives every day. The first part of a two-part program explores what is a Change Maker and how students can use the lessons of this global movement to address social change in their community. We'll define and understand Change Makers through readings, in-class discussion, and researching local people and organizations who make a difference using social enterprises and other forms of organization to create positive change. For example, students will be asked to identify one Change Maker from the readings and share information with the others including an update on that individual or organization. Next, using lessons learned from Change Makers worldwide, we'll consider what individuals and groups need to do to prepare themselves to be effective as agents of change in our local community or one in which they want to work. For instance, we'll explore community assessment in detail including community mapping of assets and needs. We'll also look at how best to organize to effectively address problems or opportunities the community assessment identified. We'll learn about how to make these efforts sustainable both organizationally and through resource development like grant writing and fundraising.
By Week 3 students will develop in-program individual learning contracts or internships that will generate 4 of the 8 credits offered. The in-program ILCs could focus on further research and reporting on the student's chosen Change Maker project. An in-program internship would be with an area Change Maker based on work to be determined by the student, faculty and that Change Maker. These ILCs or Internships could be continued and/or modified in the Spring Term.
In Spring we'll build on the lessons we gained in Winter either by beginning to build a social enterprise identified in the student's internal ILC or continuing the work each student began in the internal internship. Classes for the second part of the program will focus on implementation.
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Social Enterprises including non-profit organizations, social and human services, social purpose corporations and LLCs, and related enterprises
In-program ILCs focused on an area of social enterprise represent 4-credits of work per quarter. Students can start the program with a research topic in mind, but there will be time during the first two weeks of class to develop ideas.
In-program internships focused on an area of social enterprise represent 4-credits of work per quarter. Students can start the program with an internship in mind, but there will be time during the first two weeks of class to develop ideas and connect with organizations.