Foresight Prep @ Oberlin
Implemented in partnership with Oberlin College in Ohio, Foresight Prep is a summer, pre-college institute that equips highly-motivated high school students concerned about issues of environmental sustainability and social equity with the skills and insights required to address increasingly complex, rapidly evolving challenges. Foresight Prep is structured upon a set of five core tenets that include sustainability insight (including systems analysis and effective change-making strategies), leadership development, college preparation, the cultivation of increased diversity in sustainability-related efforts, and the formation of an ongoing network to support student's future education and career paths.
In summer 2017, six two-week programs will situate young people as social impact researchers studying the Power of Food, Business, Cities, Communications, Movements (two offerings, in response to popularity), or The Arts, through a climate and social justice lens. All issues for which Northeast Ohio provides a particularly instructive laboratory. By visiting innovative sustainability initiatives throughout the region and interviewing practitioners, students will identify the most impactful change-making strategies for ensuring a more sustainable future for these fields, as well as their own power in bringing this future to fruition.
This dynamic two-week seminar, hosted in partnership with Northwestern University, provided promising high school students the opportunity to cultivate their roles as sustainability leaders, and to sharpen their college and career plans. Through a rich mix of field trips, meetings with local leaders, group projects, readings, and discussions, this interactive experience offered a comprehensive grounding in the intersection of social, economic, and environmental challenges. The 2014 summer seminars included insights into Innovation and Design and Sustainability, Climate Change and the Innovating City.