Sullivan Consortium and Minor/Certificate in SE: The Foundation would like to form a Sullivan Consortium of member schools to define course work that will lead to a certificate or minor in social entrepreneurship. The courses will be proposed and taught by member schools, promoted and sponsored by the Foundation, and open to students from any Sullivan member school. Therefore, courses will necessarily be taught online or during January or summer terms. Each course will first be vetted and approved by the Consortium’s committee. As a member of the Consortium each school agrees the course work approved by the Consortium may be transferred back to the school. Although at first the hours will likely only be approved as general electives or on a course-by-course basis, the Foundation hopes that the schools will ultimately allow students who complete the coursework to be granted a minor in SE from their respective institution. If a school will not allow the granting of a minor through the Consortium, the Foundation will issue a Sullivan Certificate in SE for the student. It is anticipated that several courses from various member schools may be used to satisfy one or more of the several required courses.
Sullivan Entrepreneurship Educational Curriculum (SEEC): The Foundation has begun development of the Sullivan Entrepreneurship Educational Curriculum (SEEC), a certificate program including detailed curriculum outlines, support material resources, and teaching manuals with multiple training delivery options, i.e., online, community location, college classroom and camp retreats. The SEEC initiative seeks to provide the next generation of leading social entrepreneurs with the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary to prepare them to transform their communities and regions. This coursework is designed to benefit entrepreneurially-minded individuals of all backgrounds who have not had the opportunity for extensive coursework in areas relevant to social entrepreneurship or business development. The Foundation’s preference is that the coursework will be accredited for nine college course credits and the student will be entitled to a Sullivan Certificate in SE. In addition, if the consortium described above exists and the schools are willing, a Minor in SE may be granted by the school.
- Sullivan Campus: Once sufficient energy has been created on campus through student and faculty involvement in Sullivan sponsored programming and activities, a school may apply to become a Sullivan Campus. In order to be designated a Sullivan Campus, the school must have a track record of both participation in Sullivan programming and deep engagement within their community as servant leaders and social innovators. Once a college or university is recognized as a Sullivan Campus, the school, students, and faculty members are eligible for additional funding from the Foundation.
- Sullivan HUB School: The Sullivan Foundation seeks to establish regional HUB schools responsible for coordinating activities of all Sullivan partner schools within their region. The Foundation, working with the HUB School and the HUB School Coalition, will organize and oversee a concerted, collaborative program of education, specialized programming, training, mentorship, and project development.
- Sullivan Social Enterprise Zone: When a Sullivan HUB has a proven track record of engaging the coalition schools, the HUB Coalition may work with Sullivan to obtain additional funding to allow for the creation of a Social Enterprise Zone. The HUB Coalition represented by Sullivan School faculty, Sullivan Scholars, community leaders and Sullivan corporate sponsors or granting foundations, will identify the most pressing issues that they believe should be addressed in the community and then determine how they might address each through a social business venture. The establishment of business ideas will become the conduit for addressing the social issue within the community, through the leadership of faculty, staff students and community leaders.
The Sullivan Foundation will develop specialized programming in conjunction with its Sullivan Campus and HUB Partner Schools. Possible programming includes:
- Community Outreach 101: A two-day event introductory event for beginners who want to learn about community outreach and how to begin projects to address socioeconomic issues.
- Financial Literacy Training: Partner schools design a course focused on fostering financial literacy in low-to-moderate income communities or regions.
- The Sullivan Institute: This two-week social outreach program, which could be offered over an intersession, would focus on formulating community projects, setting realistic goals and objectives, team-building, and fundraising and finance for project support.
- Business Bootcamp: This two- or three-day event would be designed for individuals (students, faculty members, and community change-makers) who already have an understanding of social entrepreneurship and who have tangible outreach projects they want to launch in their communities.
- Community Catalyst Course: This course would help students map the specific socioeconomic needs in their geographic regions and design and implement practical solutions.
- What’s My Role?: This one- or two-day event would be designed for individuals who are focused on personal growth and discovering how their unique skills can be utilized in projects that address specific socioeconomic issues. For example, an accountant or accounting student might discover an interest in and gain the tools to start a financial literacy program.
- Faculty Train the Trainer: This one-day event would target faculty members interested in learning, applying, and/or teaching techniques derived from the Sullivan Foundation’s Social Enterprise Education Program, Sullivan Ignite Retreats, or other programs developed by the Sullivan Foundation.
- Sullivan Speaker Series: The Foundation would organize 90-minute talks curated from partner school campuses, other schools with a strong social entrepreneurship focus, and the Sullivan Speakers Bureau. This offering would be designed for campuses that want to bring community outreach and social enterprise experts and non-profit leaders to their campuses.
- Field Trips: These two-day events would be designed for students on any regional campus who want to visit social entrepreneurs in their communities and see their businesses and projects first-hand.
- Sullivan/ASEZ Social Enterprise Idea Lab and Pitch Competition: The Sullivan Foundation would collaborate with Schools to establish Sullivan/Social Enterprise Idea Labs and Pitch Competitions to help guide students’ social ventures to fruition. The Idea Lab would bring together Sullivan Foundation advisers, school faculty members, civic leaders, local/regional corporate sponsors, and angel investors. Together, this group would evaluate, fine-tune and finalize students’ proposed business models for social enterprises, sourcing startup funds, and launching the businesses. Sponsors and investors could include local/regional banks committed to economic development in their areas as well as community, regional or national foundations with a history of impact investment and grant-making for new, innovative social enterprises. The number of winners will depend on the cash prize pool established for the competition and the dollar amount of the awards. In addition, winners in different sectors of social problems may be awarded, such as health care, food insecurity, etc.
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