By the Numbers
- 3 transformative, 2-week seminars
- 3 urgent topics: Business, Cities & Movements;
- 21 students, from as nearby as Oberlin, OH, and from LA to New York;
- 27 guest speakers from business, government and the nonprofit sector;
- 2 day-long field trips to more than 10 inspiring initiatives in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio;
- 6 rigorous, student-generated strategies for a more sustainable future, from business plans to grassroots campaigns.
Insight Into Sustainability and SOcial Justice
95% of students agreed the program increased their understanding of the systemic nature of sustainability and social justice issues, with 100% agreeing it increased their knowledge of effective strategies for creating change.
95% of students agreed the program helped them identify and articulate their leadership potential.
"Our world in changing dramatically and we need more leaders who focus on developing sustainability efforts in their environmentally, culturally, and economically."
66% of the students were people of color, a more than 32% increase since the program’s launch in 2014. 62% of all students received some form of financial assistance to enable their participation. 86% agreed the program helped them better understand the impact of sustainability issues on diverse communities.
“Being around strangers who turned into family, and learning from them about the world every day helped me to become more aware of all the environmental issues that different people face.”
College & Career Preparation
90% of students agreed the program increased their desire to integrate sustainability into their future education and career paths. 90% now feel more equipped to collaborate effectively with peers on group projects. 95% feel more able to deliver engaging public presentations. 86% are now more comfortable conducting informational interviews with professionals.
"Prep made me realize there are many different paths I can take to effect change, and that there are so many amazing people out there doing incredible things and that I don't have to do it all, just what I am most passionate about.”
Network-Building and Mentorship
100% of students treasured the relationships they'd formed with peers, faculty, and sustainability-oriented leaders, the seeds of a network that will prove indispensable in their future change-making endeavors.