A globally-minded, social-impact incubator empowering exchange alumni to turn intercultural understanding into community action. Powering local creative changemaking informed by global goals.
Putting the active in active global citizenship.
The Social Impact Incubator is a Project Exchange initiative to inspire, challenge, and empower students to bring new understandings from their cross-cultural exchange experience back to their communities through a changemaking project—whether that’s starting a podcast, organizing a summer camp, writing a book, hosting a World Cultures Day, creating a business—anything cross-cultural learning inspires!
Seasoned entrepreneurs, activists, storytellers, and mentors will teach middle & high school students a project-based curriculum that has a strong emphasis on design thinking and customer validation. At the end of the program, participants will present (pitch) their project to a panel of judges, and the winning individual(s) will receive unique funding, scholarship, mentorship, and networking opportunities.
How It Works
Program length: early-September 2019 to late-December 2019 (4 months; 16 weeks)
Program structure: Each week students will participate in one full cohort online workshop (60 minutes, work time is built in), and complete an individual follow-on activity (time varies, average 30 minutes)
Access weekly workshops led by professionals in the field
Get matched with an experienced mentor to support your journey in the incubator, and with weekly follow-on activities (all intended to help you successfully execute your passion project)!
Potentially win project funding, scholarships, networking opportunities, and most importantly, swag, from the Project Exchange team
Join a supportive community of creative thinkers and hard workers also passionate about cross-cultural collaboration
Program cost: free! We want to make sure every motivated & dedicated student has an equal chance to access our services
Going to be enrolled in middle or high school in the 2019-2020 school year
Has participated in a cross-cultural learning experience (e.g., study abroad, Digital Exchange program, bilingual household, etc.)
Commit to implementing a passion project using knowledge/new understanding from their cross-cultural learning experience
Commit to attending at least 80% of the weekly workshops, provide a weekly project update, and communicate weekly with a personal mentor!
*If you haven’t been able to access a cross-cultural learning experience yet, make sure to check out Project Exchange’s Digital Exchange Program instead!
A Week In the Incubator
The Impact Incubator an intensive opportunity for middle & high school students to become creative changemakers informed by intercultural experiences. As this is a selective program, students are expected to spend around two hours/week (more is encouraged, depending on the project) for the duration of the 16-week incubator to best utilize the opportunity. Curriculum every week will be look different as the program progresses; however, there are some things participants can expect weekly. They are listed here:
Video Call: a 60-minute workshop with your full incubator cohort and a guest speaker. At the beginning of the week, students will receive a workshop guide, a one-pager with the speaker's bio and additional resources. Recordings and timestamps of workshops will be shared with all participants.
Follow-On Activity: a set of activities that build on ideas and dialogue from the workshop, always with multiple options to cater to different learning styles. Depending on the week, activities can be everything from making a community map, creating persona profiles, or filming an elevator pitch!
Online Dialogue: a question about participant projects, related to the week's workshop, and will be posted on Slack (the cohort collaboration platform we'll be using throughout the program)! Participants will post their thoughts, and respond to the comment of at least one other participant.
Check-In: a weekly Google form to fill out, which helps participants track their workshop participation and project for the week. It's a to-do list as well as a place to report progress!
After the Incubator
All Cross-Cultural Social Impact Incubator student graduates, as well as their initiatives, will be invited to be part of a selective mutual aid circle after they successfully complete the program. This mutual aid circle will include students (and their initiatives), as well as organizational partners organized into a Project Exchange think tank. The objective is to support incubator alumni as they continue developing their passion projects to expand their services to a different cultural community, better understand cultural context behind issues they’re tackling, or get commitments of support & feedback on new project ideas.
How to Get Involved
Project Exchange is currently recruiting participants for the second cohort of the Digital Exchange Program, which will go from September 16 to December 8, for a total of 12 weeks. Please apply for the Digital Exchange Program below. Applications are rolling until they close on September 2, and you can expect to hear back within two weeks about your acceptance status! We are excited to hear from you soon!
Project Exchange is currently recruiting participants for the second cohort of the Digital Exchange Program, which will go from September 2 to December 20, for a total of 16 weeks. Please apply for the Digital Exchange Program below. Applications are rolling until they close on August 17, and you can expect to hear back within two weeks about your acceptance status! We are excited to hear from you soon!