Influence your world at the NSLC on Social Impact.

Do you aspire to be an agent for change in your community? Are you passionate about social issues and eager to make an impact on the world? During the NSLC on Social Impact, you will work with other high school students to learn how to be effective agents for social change. You will be introduced to the different pathways to make an impact in your community including business, law, government, and grass-roots activism. During your team simulation, you will create a socially minded organization. You will explore the fields of activism and community engagement, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy through guest speakers, debates, and leadership activities. While at the NSLC, you will participate in a community service project and translate a passion for change into tangible skills.

Program Highlights

Activism Workshops
Work through various activities that provide you with skills and resources to create, and support activism within your own community and the larger world.

Social Enterprise Simulation
You and your team will create an organization designed to address a need in the local, national or global community. Research the issues, develop an organizational plan, and pitch your organization to donors and investors.

Community Service Project
Work with a Chicago-based organization to explore the importance of local service and volunteering.

Hear from the experts
Working closely with top faculty of the Social Impact Department at the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, students will learn the skills necessary to create and manage organizations focused on social impact. Students will also hear from human rights lawyers, leaders of local non-profit organizations, and community organizers.

Hands-on Simulations

Our social impact program for high school students uses an interactive approach to learning that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the complex field of social impact. You and your team will experience the ups and downs of creating your own socially conscious organization from the ground up during a realistic simulation used by students at Northwestern’s prestigious Kellogg School of Management. You will control the social impact of your company through decisions about finances, scope and root causes, and marketing.

Our college-level lecture series will give you a foundation of knowledge that is vital for your success.

Topics include:

  • What is Social Impact - Scope, Root Causes & Landscape
  • Funding Impact - Game Plan & Financial Thesis
  • Designing for Impact - What does progress look like
  • Communicating Impact - Pilot Programming

Meet Social Impact Experts

While at the NSLC’s high school summer social impact program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the fields of social impact, business, and community engagement.

Examples of past guest speakers include:

Ms. Cindy Garbutt
Vice President of Philanthropy, Project Cure

Mr. Jim Dower
Executive Director, Urban Initiatives

Ms. Megan Kashner
Director of Social Impact, Kellogg School of Management and Founder & CEO, Benevolent

Ms. Suzanne Clark
COO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Mr. James G. Conley
Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Mr. Mike Malloy
Program Director, Halcyon Incubator

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of social impact.

These trips may include:

Northwestern University

Urban Initiatives | Plant Chicago | Global Health Initiative | VOYCE | Magnificent Mile | Navy Pier

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Social Impact program include:

  • Powerful Presentations
  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Public Speaking
  • Stress and Time Management


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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