At the Levitt Center you will have the opportunity to develop the academic knowledge and practical skills needed to understand and address persistent social problems in innovative, effective and ethical ways. Learn more about our programs and how they will help you develop important qualities of a changemaker: creativity, understanding, self-awareness, and empathy.
This fellowship provides funding to a graduating senior or recent graduate to develop and implement a social innovation venture that addresses persistent problems in disadvantaged communities. The project may be implemented as a nonprofit, a socially directed for-profit enterprise, a new program connected with an existing organization, or another appropritae model. National and international projects will be considered. Preference will be given to projects implemented in Oneida and Herkimer counties in New York State, and to proposals that use novel aproaches and are scalable and sustainable. The term of the fellowship is for 12 months. Award: $25,000.
Our social innovation initiatives introduce students to the ideation and creative problem-solving processes, and nurture creative solutions to social problems with financial and mentoring support.
Effective and ethical solutions to social issues require an ability to imagine others' experiences and to respond in meaningful, empathetic ways. Our service learning courses, public service internships, leadership, and innovation programs help students understand the needs and circumstances of others, and develop the skills needed to work successfully and ethically with them.