I believe we can teach, at an early age, that public service is noble and worthy of our best effort. I believe we can teach, at an early age, the skills needed to identify, quantify, execute and solve our society’s most pressing social issues. I believe these pursuits to be noble.
Steve Clark, Founder & Chairman | Noble Impact
“If you would have asked me a month ago, ‘What could you do to change the world?’ I wouldn’t be able to answer that at all. But now I’ve learned that anyone can make a difference no matter what age, what size, what color, what anything.”
- Jordan Young, Sophomore | eStem Public Charter High School
All students become contributing citizens of society.
Noble Impact engages students to pursue public service as entrepreneurs.
1. We believe in the power of students.
2. We see opportunity everywhere.
3. We are committed to service.
All students commit to moving humanity forward through urgent action and value creation.
We promise to:
Our students are focused on impact that creates value, first and foremost for the people they are servicing. To this end, students incorporate concepts related to identifying community issues through significant inquiry. In essence, they embrace issues and seek to create opportunities with a new approach. We believe in always questioning the impact and making sure that it’s Noble…this is the essential question that connects a public service mindset to an entrepreneurial skillset.
We challenge our students to think big, and we want them to frame issues as opportunities to engage in social change. We believe that students have or can find the answers, therefore, we act as mentors, facilitators, and coaches. Our challenge to each student is to connect to themselves and also to those they serve, first as individuals and ultimately in service to the community. This involves critical thought and understanding of a personal narrative that connects with a greater purpose.
From day one, our students address issues and build solutions by starting with a viable vision of what success looks like. Our students understand that each idea must be desirable by stakeholders, which requires them to engage in listening with intent. Once they identify the “root” issue, they are able to move forward with ideas around a solution. A successful solution is directly related to community engagement and therefore addresses the issue.
Through a public service mindset and entrepreneurial skillset, our students develop the understanding that service is Noble and worthy of significant investment. With a practical / hands-on approach, our students learn by doing and stay mindful of being creators more than consumers. Students will constantly be challenged to reflect on WHO they are impacting and WHY they are doing the work they are doing.
Noble Impact 101 is a year long course developed to provide the foundations of understanding in regards to the connection between public service and entrepreneurship. It continues the philosophy of the Institute and challenges students through three specific areas of action: as individuals, as groups, and as teams. Unlike the Institute, the Course has an increased amount of time to drill deeper into the definition and action of public service and entrepreneurship. Students are provided with many opportunities to connect classroom theory with community practical action.
Foundational elements of the Course connect an entrepreneurial skillset with a public service mindset. Within these tenants of the Course, also stand four distinct pillars of Public Service that are defined by President Clinton, beginning with people.
Noble Impact launched the INSTITUTE as the first of its kind summer program committed to students that are curious about understanding a public service mind-set and an entrepreneurial skill-set to create social change. In partnership with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, the INSTITUTE addresses the dialectic between public service and entrepreneurship, which challenges each student through practical approaches to “making a difference” in their community.
Spanning ten days, students at the INSTITUTE are challenged to think about community issues, ideas for solutions, and ultimately, creating sustainable impact.
Core to the INSTITUTE philosophy, the IGT Process culminates with a final presentation by student teams. Students are coached on the “pitching process” and then critiqued by an esteemed panel of judges, including the community partners. These presentations are four minutes in length and explain the specific issue related to each organization, as well as providing a possible solution.
Noble Impact is committed to students that want to “make a difference” and believes that students have the ability to be primary change makers and doers in their community. Starting with the individual, curriculum is focused on personal growth through civic engagement, and thus fosters development that builds a culture of creativity and collaboration for all involved.
Students with TED-Education Speaker, Malcolm London