GivingPoint Social Innovators Academy is back with a bang, as we officially kicked off our new and improved program, delivered over the course of five Saturdays this fall.

A full roster of 19 rockstar students attended the opening session, hosted by our friends at The Cottage School in Roswell. Our budding social entrepreneurs participated in workshops spanning the topics of Social Entrepreneurship, led by Dr. DeAndre Pickett, Goal Setting by Dr. Rubina Malik (Morehouse College) and Development & Fundraising led by Literacy Action’s Jen Booth.

Throughout the day, the high schoolers from all over metro Atlanta engaged in team-building activities. Most importantly, students had the opportunity to share their passion areas with fellow students which is what our program is all about.

Year after year we are blown away with the innovative ideas our students bring to the table. This year’s class has already identified areas of passion including sustainable housing, wider access to technology, youth homelessness, first-generation college students, race and gender equality and supporting the special needs community.


Over the remainder of the program, students will work closely with industry experts, SIA staff and peers to design and implement their social impact projects all of which are aimed to alleviate society’s most pressing social challenges.

“We are very excited to get our new five-week program underway. Previously the SIA program was delivered over the course of 10 months, with workshops run on weeknights after school. This was challenging for students who already have commitments with sports or extracurriculars therefore our new program is compressed over five Saturdays, making life much easier for both students and their parents,” said Dr. DeAndre Pickett.

We could not do the work we do without the support of our workshop presenters who share their expertise, our panelists who share their experience, and the parents who support their students. We are eternally grateful to all of you.

Our next session as part of the fall SIA program will take place on Saturday, September 14 at Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center. Students will have the opportunity to learn all about the importance of networking and project planning.

Interested in joining the Social Innovators Academy?

If you, or someone you know, would like to put your passion to action and find out more about our upcoming Spring 2020 Social Innovators Academy, we would love to hear from you.

For more information visit or get in touch with one of our Program Associate Managers: