Ontario: About SSE-O
The School for Social Entrepreneurs – Ontario helps people from all backgrounds to transform their passion and talents into sustainable solutions to poverty, social exclusion, environmental stress, and other societal challenges.
SSE-O offers a non-traditional and unique training model for social entrepreneurs, people with great ideas for social organizations or businesses that will benefit their community.
SSE-O is a proud member of an international network of schools located also in the UK, Australia, and Ireland.
A socially just, environmentally sustainable, and economically prosperous Ontario, one built upon strong, empowered, and resilient communities.
To catalyze social change and empower communities through the development of transformational community leaders and social ventures that produce tangible, visible, meaningful, and positive impact.
History of SSE
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) was founded in 1997 by Michael Young, a distinguished and passionate serial social entrepreneur.
In early 2009, SiG@MaRS commissioned a feasibility study with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to explore the opportunity for a School for Social Entrepreneurs to be piloted in Ontario. The study was released in 2009, and a collaborative group, consisting of Housing Services Corporation, SiG@MaRS, ACCESS Community Capital Fund, and Toronto Centre for Community Learning and Development, was formed to oversee the pilot phase of SSE-O.
SSE-O is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.