Leadership Programs

Social Impact & Innovation

Make a difference in your world at the NSLC on Social Impact & Innovation.
  • Level: High School
  • Grades: Enrolled in 9-12
  • Length: 9 days
Do you aspire to be an agent for change in your community? Are you passionate about social issues and eager to make an impact on the world? At the NSLC on Social Impact & Innovation you will learn about the different types of organizations that make a social impact and participate in a team simulation where you will create your own socially minded organization.

Program Highlights

Social Impact Organization Simulation
You and your team will create an organization designed to address a need in the local, national or global community. Research the issues, develop a plan, and pitch your organization to investors.

Hear from the Experts
Working closely with area leaders and the faculty of the Social Impact Department at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, students will learn the skills necessary to create social change.

Leadership Development for Social Impact
Specialized leaderships sessions will teach you how to take your passion and turn it into meaningful action, giving you the skills that socially-conscious organizations are seeking.

Dates & Locations

Hands-On Simulations

Our social impact program for high school students uses an interactive approach to learning that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the complex field of social impact & innovation. You and your team will experience the ups and downs of creating your own socially conscious organization from the ground up during a realistic simulation used by students at Northwestern’s prestigious Kellogg School of Management. You will control the social impact of your company through decisions about finances, scope and root causes, and marketing.

Our college-level lecture series will give you a foundation of knowledge that is vital for your success.
Topics include:

Meet Social Impact Experts

While at the NSLC’s high school summer social impact program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the fields of social impact, business, and community engagement.
Examples of past guest speakers include:

Ms. Cindy Garbutt
Vice President of Philanthropy, Project Cure

Mr. Jim Dower
Executive Director, Urban Initiatives

Ms. Megan Kashner
Director of Social Impact, Kellogg School of Management and Founder & CEO, Benevolent

Ms. Suzanne Clark
COO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Mr. James G. Conley
Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Mr. Mike Malloy
Program Director, Halcyon Incubator

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of social impact and innovation.
These trips may include:

Northwestern University

  • Greater Chicago Area Food Bank
  • PLANT Chicago
  • Global Health Initiative
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Mag Mile
  • Navy Pier

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Leadership topics tailored to the Social Impact program include:


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. 

Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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