Youth Programs

Philly Youth Summer Social Impact Program

The Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS) at the University of Pennsylvania believes that anyone, anywhere, can change the world. CSIS is offering an exciting curriculum in social innovation for high school students in the Philadelphia region.

The course empowers students with the foundations of social innovation as they learn the strategies and tools needed to create positive change.

This is an exciting fast-paced 4-week program, featuring 90 minute synchronous workshops each day Monday-Thursday.  The program Launch Day and Celebration will be in-person, outdoors, on the University of Pennsylvania campus, weather permitting. The rest of the curriculum is delivered virtually, using the learning management system Canvas as an asynchronous central online learning space where students can take quizzes, submit assignments, and participate in discussion boards. All videos are closed captioned. Through this content students will develop community, work on social impact projects of their own design, and learn more about improving the world around them.

On completion of the curriculum, students will have developed and tested a working prototype. Students who have completed all requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy.

Applications for this year’s cohort have closed! For questions about the youth program, email Program Coordinator Liz Royer Johnson:

Key Details

Start Date
July 25 2022
Program Duration
July 25 – August 19, 2022
Synchronous Meeting TImes
Mon-Thurs 10 am – 11:30 am
Certificate Award Ceremony
August 19, 2022 Time TBA

Get Tools You Can Use Immediately

Our immersive curriculum is designed to help you put your learning into practice right away, giving you access to tools, frameworks & resources that you can use in designing a new idea.

Earn Ivy League Credentials

Upon meeting all program requirements, you’ll receive a certificate of completion from the University of Pennsylvania.

Hybrid Learning

Complete the Philadelphia Youth Summer Social Impact Program remotely and in-person. In addition to pre-planned modules, we’ll meet for synchronous meetings to build community and connect with peers in the program.

Gain New Perspectives

This program will ask you to engage with the world around you in new and thoughtful ways. You’ll sharpen observational and creative skills like interviewing, prototyping, and gathering feedback on ideas.

Complete Your Work at Your Pace

New material is released weekly and remains available throughout the program, so you can learn when it’s right for you. Submission deadlines keep you on track toward earning your certificate of completion.