Custom designed and co-created courses and learning programs.
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Custom Experiential Learning
Courses can be developed for students in any number of disciplines: business administration, law, management, anthropology, public health, engineering, education, medicine and nursing, public affairs, women's studies, and so on. Our experienced and creative staff can create Grassroots U courses for high school through graduate school and continuing education. We have even developed programs for university faculty who want to learn about social entrepreneurship so they can teach it at their home institutions.
Courses can be co-created in partnership with academic institutions, or designed by the Grassroots U team according to the learning objectives and specifications of the sponsoring academic institution. The Grassroots U team can adapt an existing course on social entrepreneurship, social innovation, social enterprise, impact investing, etc. or create a wholly new course aligned with the university's requirements and students' wants.
Grassroots U instructors either work as adjuncts to deliver the course or co-instruct with professors from the host institution.
Learn more about how we can help you design your own Grassroots U course or leave us a message below so we can provide you with more information.
See our course list if you would like to explore possibilities for your program.
"Inspirational and life-changing trips where students and community members can learn from and lend experience to social entrepreneurs.”
—Dr. Carolyn McKnight, Professor of Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship
Design from Scratch or Tailor Our Courses
Need ideas? Choose any of our course designs and make it yours by customizing the content to the wants and needs of your audience. You can even amalgamate courses, co-mingle technical areas and combine multiple sectors. Our highly skilled and creative staff will help you create the right course for your institution.
GrassrootsU Course Benefits
Practical Skills - build hard skills and life skills for career development and personal growth.
Work Experience – gain actual field work experience in social entrepreneurship and development.
Expert Facilitators Rooted in Practice – learn from professionals and well-known thought leaders with decades of on-the-ground experience working in social enterprises.
Essential Frameworks – use best practice social entrepreneurship frameworks such as Human Centered Design and Business Plan Canvas through a hands-on applied processes.
Real-life circumstances - gain an honest and holistic appraisal of the immense challenges, and tremendous benefits, of solving social problems.
Networks – interact with leading social entrepreneurs, service providers, social investors, peers, and academics. Re-connect with alumni after the program.
Multiculturalism - work, earn and play with local peers and professionals. Experience cross-cultural dynamics when exploring solutions to social problems.
Small groups – Grassroots U limits the size of its programs to enable team work, relationship building and peer-learning and sharing to transpires in small groups.
Knowledge products – apply expert social enterprise strategic and management resources pioneered and used by Virtue Ventures.
Personal Growth – practice leadership through projects and exercises, reflect on experience, develop a vision for the future, and a corresponding personal plan.
Create impact – contribute to the work of a social enterprise or NGO through needs-based projects and consulting assignments.
Career Readiness – increase qualifications and improve for finding a job or creating a social enterprise.
Application - conduct exercises that connect how to integrate Grassroots U experience to life at home and plan next steps.
Continued support - get follow up help to implement concepts and plans through Grassroots U partners and parent organization, Virtue Ventures.