OUR MISSION

To educate and inspire the next generation of problem solvers.


OUR MODEL

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We bring together colleges and social sector organizations to create fully credited hands-on learning experiences that are meaningful, accessible, and life-changing. 

Over the next 3 years, our flagship Semester in the City (SITC) program will recruit and place more than 700 college students in our fully-credited, semester-long internship experiences at 75+ leading social impact organizations in Boston. Our program is comprised of a 400+ hour internship and 160 hours of complementary classroom learning, workshops, and reflections. We serve a full range of college students with a focus on students who are low- to moderate-income, from underrepresented minority groups, and/or first generation college students.


College for Social Innovation seeks to address three urgent and inter-related challenges:

  1. The Uncertain Value Proposition of a College Education. Colleges and universities are charging students more and more (since World War II college costs have grown at 4x the rate of inflation), leaving students with burdensome debt. Yet 91 percent of employers say students don’t graduate with the workplace skills they need;

  2. Growing Achievement and Opportunity Gaps based on family income and race threaten the growth of our economy and the stability of our democracy. Among those who complete college, these gaps get bigger during college because of growing gaps between elite and non-elite colleges and dramatically unequal access to mentors, structured internships, and other “high-impact learning experiences”;

  3. Inadequate Social Impact Sector Talent.The social impact sector (nonprofits, social mission businesses, and government) pays too little attention to talent development; as a result, thousands of organizations don’t reach their potential or achieve their mission.


WE AIM TO ENROLL DIVERSE COHORTS TO ADDRESS A SERIOUS ACCESS CHALLENGE...

...AND EDUCATE & INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF PROBLEM-SOLVERS

 STRATEGIC PLAN

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