Young Leaders Making Change

One small business at a time


Social Impact Scholars is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating social change and student learning by getting more business leaders, researchers, and university students “in the game” of converting major social challenges into profitable business opportunities.

We are a twelve week summer program for first-year college students interested in understanding the true nature of delivering a consulting project for impact-driven businesses. Our Scholars typically have only developed their business acumen within the classroom and often do not feel like they have a “place at the table” in the real world. In some cases, our students aren’t even sure what that “table” looks (or should look) like! We provide them with problem solving skills, insight into what social purpose can look like from a business perspective, and an innovative mindset in a real-world, experiential way.

The Scholars program specifically aims to increase the diversity of students participating in the social impact and/or consulting spaces by allowing them to “gain the experience that gets them the job” earlier and faster. We especially target first generation college students as well as those underrepresented in higher education and pair them with mission-driven for-profit businesses interested in—and inspired by—the student perspective.




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The Social Impact Scholars is an experiential learning space for students to explore how businesses can make a positive impact on society beyond traditional philanthropic or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts. By learning and helping companies impact society more positively, this next generation of leaders will better run and envision the organizations of tomorrow.


The Social Impact Scholars is looking to conduct research about small businesses who positively impact their communities. SIS companies are for-profit enterprises that typically address at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) in their mission statement (or would like to).

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Special thanks to the NYUSH Center for Business and Research.