Yep, that’s our mission. The Compass Fellowship with the Kenneth Cole Foundation is a program dedicated to effective, challenging, engaging, and fun-loving instruction of social entrepreneurship at the college level. Here’s a list of the ways we do this:
We Cultivate Passion
We are in love with social entrepreneurship, and we want to inspire everyone who comes through our program to feel the same. Our community requires no special knowledge to join and no previous experience in running a business. We just expect that everyone who joins our community resonates with the Compass values, loves life, and creates passionately. By connecting a community of students who are insanely passionate for their interests with equally arduous entrepreneurs, we are creating a global community that is intensely focused on changing the world.
We Create Community
Year after year, hundreds of new students pass through our program and are mentored by the students that came before them.
The Compass Community makes it easy to find people who have ‘been there,’ because everyone in this community has made an unreasonable commitment (value #2) to sharing their experience with the rest of the community. As a part of the community, you ought to take advantage of this tremendous resource but also realize your responsibility to contribute and mentor others.
Our students are placed in front of CEOs, in front of entrepreneurs, in front of management consultants. They are put in front of people who are following their dreams and changing the world. Every day, they are inspired together, connected by an ever-evolving community.
We Invest in the Student
The purpose of our program is for students to have a revolutionary, life-changing experience. We devote all of our resources towards this goal. Don’t take our word for it, read our testimonials from current and previous Compass members.
We Emphasize Real, Practical Education
We enable students to be social entrepreneurs by giving them the practical tools they need to succeed. All of our students not only consult with businesses and learn from business leaders, they run and manage student businesses themselves. On top of giving them the training in running their own venture, and working with many more, we connect them with successful social entrepreneurs in their community. Through student and external mentorship, skills-focused speakers and a hands-on education, we give students the skills they need to become social entrepreneurs themselves.
Students start our program oftentimes not knowing what social entrepreneurship really is, much less how to start a business. Our seminars and Fellowship are just the beginning. A core tenant of our work is mentorship and we apply one-on-one mentorship systems to ensure that whatever questions or guidance anyone in any level of our organization needs, it will be answered.