School for Social Entrepreneurs


Every year, the School for Social Entrepreneurs helps more than 1,000 people learn how to transform their communities and help people in need.

Courses and workshops are offered across the UK, Canada, and India, covering all aspects of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.

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What Would You Change About the Traditional Educational System?

Online learning, entrepreneurship, and the allure of potentially earning a six-figure salary after attending a coding school or technology boot camp are only a few reasons for the growing movement to disrupt what many consider “traditional education.” Peter Hostrawser is one of many at the forefront of the mission to challenge outdated education standards. As the host of the weekly podcast, Disrupt Education, Hostrawser highlights the lives and work of entrepreneurs and students who share his determination for a more innovative education system.

According to his personal website, Hostrawer credits his experience as the founder of OPRF School of Business at Oak Park and River Forest High School in 2008 for wanting to see more student-centered learning environments.  In the most recent episode of Disrupt Education, Afenya Montgomery, founder of The iCan Collective discusses her inspiration for building a network to empower diverse entrepreneurs, as well as her vision for a more enterprising educational system.

“I think a great thing that I’m seeing more of now are entrepreneurship courses and I would give children that idea earlier, that they can build a business, they can run a business, especially in underrepresented communities,” said Montgomery.

“We’re often not given those opportunities, and not given that information and so it would help impact our communities so much if we could change that narrative.”

Montgomery also said that while students are often told that they can be whatever they want to be, our standard educational system doesn’t always prepare them for everything that comes with that notion–including entrepreneurship. Watch the video below to learn more about Afenya and other guests of Disrupt Education.

Changemakers: MIT Community Service Fund

The Community Service Fund (CSF) was established in 1968 by a vote of the faculty to provide financial assistance to support MIT students, faculty, and staff volunteers in community service initiatives.

How the Fund Works:

The CSF Board accepts applications for funding three times a year and makes three types of allocations:

• Grants to MIT students, faculty, staff, and retirees for their community service initiatives.

• Support for the work of local community organizations through an allocation distributed and overseen by the MIT Office of Government and Community Relations.

• Support for community service events and programs that promote MIT volunteerism through an allocation to the MIT Public Service Center.

Donate to CSF through the Community Giving at MIT’s online system.

(via MIT Community Service Fund)