High School Curriculum

Design Thinking, Technology & Social Impact presents philanthropy, design thinking and social change through a technology lens to high school students. This course incorporates Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen's 20 years of experience as a social entrepreneur, philanthropist and lecturer of Business Strategy at Stanford Graduate School of Business to prepare students to participate in real-world nonprofit assessment and grantmaking and apply design thinking to support their own philanthropic activity.

This course also presents the evolving role of philanthropy and its relationship to social change through a technology lens. It highlights innovative models and key trends driving technology’s unique potential to transform the ways individuals and organizations create social change. Ultimately, students apply these learnings to create a Social Impact Plan that detail how they will begin to address an urgent societal need in their local community. Coursework includes readings, in-class discussion and debate, research on nonprofits and active participation in a collaborative grantmaking process.

This course is relevant for any educator who wishes to engage their students in critical analysis of and participation in philanthropy and social change, and for any student passionate about creating positive change in their community and society at large.

Additional Resources

Allow Good is a Chicagoland nonprofit that works to empower all youth through the tools of philanthropy to take meaningful action in their world. This additional curriculum from Allow Good is meant to prepare young adults for active participation in the 21st Century through civic and philanthropic engagement.

Apply for a Class Grant

Our high school curriculum seeks to engage students in the practice of strategic and effective philanthropy. By submitting the following application, you are demonstrating your interest in a course grant to be made by LAAF.org on behalf of your class to a certified 501(c)(3) organization. All final nonprofits (certified 501(c)(3) organizations within 50 miles of your school) must be approved by LAAF.org.

Note that submission of this application is not a guarantee of funding, which will be determined by LAAF.org and is subject to change.

To apply for a grant, please complete and submit the PDF application or a Microsoft Word document with your responses to marly@laaf.org with the subject line, "LAAF.org HS Course Grant Application."

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