SSA Partners With UPenn on Social Innovators Program
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Shady Side Academy is partnering with the University of Pennsylvania and Schoolyard Ventures, an organization that develops university-level, real-world learning opportunities for ambitious high school students, to offer The Social Innovators Program for Senior School students. The 12-week virtual program allows students to learn about social entrepreneurship and experience it first-hand, while earning a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from Penn. Shady Side is the only school in Pittsburgh invited to participate in this unique initiative.

During the program, students learn how to launch ventures of their own that create value and a positive impact on society. Students learn in small online classes and through engaging interviews and case studies with young entrepreneurs, with personalized guidance and support along the way. Because students choose their own projects, each student's experience in the program is unique. Learn more about the program here.

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 27, and the program runs from February 22 to May 23, 2021, with classes meeting virtually one evening per week. At the end of the program, students will present their work and participate in a virtual graduation.

Senior School students learned about the program during an assembly in December, and the first of two virtual information sessions was held January 7. A second virtual information session for interested parents and students will be held Wednesday, January 20, at 7 p.m.

"Across the Academy, we are living into our mission, challenging students to think expansively, act ethically, and lead responsibly — and increasingly, as evidenced by our participation in this exciting partnership with UPenn, we are doing so at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship, and societal need," said Academy President Bart Griffith '93.

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