Ontario: SSE-O Social Entrepreneur Fellowship
What is it?
If you have an idea for a social organization or business that will benefit your community but need help setting up your project, then the Social Entrepreneur Fellowship Program is for you.
The Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program is a 6-month course centred entirely on you and your project. What you learn is largely up to the effort you put into the program. At a minimum, you will learn how to set up and secure funding for your social venture, how to improve your working methods, and how to communicate about your initiative effectively. You will develop and acquire skills and knowledge that will add to your confidence as the leader of your venture. Beyond fostering these core skills, the program provides you an opportunity to achieve deeper social impact and to undertake significant personal growth.
Who is it for?
Anyone who is currently developing an idea for how to improve things in their community and is looking to take it to the next level. Not only is your idea exciting, with lots of potential, but you as a social entrepreneur have the drive, enthusiasm, and curioisty to make this and future ventures you're apart of as high-impact as possible.
SSE-O is an untraditional school and its admissions process is equally untraditional. We care primarily about the personal characteristics you bring to your venture and to the classroom. If you have won a lot of academic prizes or achieved great grades, that's wonderful. But if you haven't, no worries. We find that many of the best social entrepreneurs never completed or enjoyed formal schooling; in fact, the best prerequisite to becoming a social entrepreneur is to have personal experience with the issues you’re trying to address. Our students are a diverse group whose range of perspectives and experiences are integral to a powerful learning environment.
What does it involve?
The Social Entrepreneur Fellowship begins in March and runs over a 6-month period, with a mix of group and individual sessions. The program is flexible enough to accommodate employment; but at the same time, we require students to dedicate at least the equivalent of two to three days per week (outside of class sessions) for their social venture. The emphasis is placed on “learning by doing” – taking the skills that students learn in SEF and putting them into use within their venture. New learning methodologies including human-centered design and play-based learning will be integrated alongside the technical and business support components of the program to support a wide range of interests and needs from our fellows.
The Social Entrepreneur Fellowship sessions will be held primarily in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. However we will hold sessions in other parts of the city to take advantage of all the city has to offer.
The program is inspiring and we know it works – in an independent evaluation, 97% of students said they would recommend the SSE approach, and many found it to be a transformational experience. You will need to take an active part in your learning, and the effort you make determines to a large extent what you achieve over the year.
How much does it cost?
The rate for the 6-month Fellowship Program is $1,500 plus HST (includes all course materials and School fees). Although every student is expected to make a minimum contribution towards the fee, flexible payment plans and discounts are available based on need. SSE-O commits to making sure that fees are ultimately not a barrier for our students. Please get in touch if you want to know more.
Nominate a Student
If you know someone who has a great idea for a social venture, nominate them as a Social Entrepreneur Fellowship candidate by completing a nomination form.