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Social Entrepreneurship and Career Pathways Study

This is a photo of the SECPS research team at the Fall 2016 Cisco Innovation Challenge

Our research team is conducting a study to assess the impact of programs that promote social entrepreneurship for underserved high school and community college students. Moreover, from fall 2016 to spring 2019, the Social Entrepreneurship and Career Pathways Study (SECPS), supported through a grant from the Cisco corporate advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, aims to explore and learn the variety of skills students gain as well as how their mindset about entrepreneurship develops through participation in such programs.

Arizona State University, in partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Cisco, is bringing entrepreneurial trainings and opportunities to underrepresented students in Arizona community colleges and high schools. The Social Entrepreneurship and Career Pathways Study (SECPS), under the direction of Dr. Alissa Ruth, will assess the impact of programs within this partnership. Moreover, the study will advance the understanding of the educational and community embeddedness of underserved high school and community college students, in relation to their exposure to curriculum that focuses on social entrepreneurship, as well as various other interventions. Researchers are assessing the outcomes of these programs on youth and their teachers using a mix methods research design. The study focuses on two programs: EPICS High and Poder.

EPICS High

Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) High, a program of the ASU Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, is a design based, service learning program geared towards high school youth that incorporates engineering and human-­centered design processes to provide solutions to real world problems. EPICS High teams partner with their schools or not-­for-­profit agencies to identify needs and opportunities for them to address. Furthermore, the program utilizes the creativity and expertise of students both already interested in STEM fields, as well as the skills of students outside of engineering or have yet to be exposed to engineering, to develop and implement these solutions. At the end-of-the-year, schools participate in the EPICS High Showcase, an exhibit that showcases team projects and celebrates their success and impact on the communities around them.

Poder 

Poder is a social entrepreneurship training program offered at no cost to South Mountain, Paradise Valley, Estrella Mountain, Glendale, and Mesa Community College students by Arizona State University, supported by grant funding from the Cisco corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). Over five weeks, students learn to apply entrepreneurship skills to solve community problems, while also learning personal success strategies and how to use technology to maximize their positive impact on the world. Moreover, the Poder curriculum also includes interventions on decision making/goal setting, growth mindset, and self-paced virtual modules. Program training can be applied to non-profit and for-profit projects oriented toward societal impact. Students will also have the opportunity to enter a competition for seed funding of up to $5,000 to launch or grow their social entrepreneurship project. For community college personnel or students who may be interested in learning about and/or participating in the research please download this FAQ document for more information.

Funding Sources:
Cisco corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Partnerships:
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Cisco Corporation
Arizona State University Office of Entrepreneurship + Innovation
Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Maricopa County Community College District
South Mountain Community College
Paradise Valley Community College
Estrella Mountain Community College
Mesa Community College
Glendale Community College

photo of Alissa RuthAlissa Ruth, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Ji Mi ChoiJi Mi Choi, Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Programs, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development
Elizabeth CantuElizabeth Cantu, Arizona State University Office of Entrepreneurship + Innovation
Photo of Tameka SpenceTameka Spence, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Photo of Amber WutichAmber Wutich, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Gordon ShockleyGordon Shockley, Arizona State University School of Community Resources and Development
Hope ParkerHope Parker, Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

 

Jennifer Velez,  Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Tirupalavanam GaneshTirupalavanam Ganesh, Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

 

German Cadenas, Arizona State University Department of Psychology
Photo of Joseph HackmanJoseph Hackman, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change

 

Ashley Nespodzany, Arizona State University Department of Psychology
Collin PerrymanCollin Perryman, Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

 

Tania Lopez, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Photo of Melissa BeresfordMelissa Beresford, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change

  

Rachel Luchmun, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Photo of Lily PierceLily Pierce, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change 
Photo of Presenting Poder Preliminary Findings at 2017 Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurship Conference

Presenting Poder Preliminary Findings at 2017 Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurship Conference

Photo of the research team

The research team

EPICS Summer 2016 Teacher Training

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Research Assistant at Poder Class Session

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Poder students at the Fall 2016 Cisco Innovation Challenge