In Designing Real World Impacts, students meet off-site in a professional working environment for two hours of the school day. Participants also travel to various sites across the metro area to meet with entrepreneurs and professionals who seek to inspire change and have a positive impact through their work.
After identifying real problems impacting the lives of people in their community, students develop connections with professionals across the city and the country. Students progress through each stage of the design thinking process to develop a solution that has meaningful and lasting impact. The innovative structure of this course allows students to earn English and Social Entrepreneurship (Social Studies) credits.
At the conclusion of the semester, student teams pitch their solutions to an audience of stakeholders, including Sion leadership and faculty, board members, community partners, alumni, students and parents.
We use the design thinking process to identify, explore, and more deeply understand problems impacting the community. Students collaborate with community partners to build innovative solutions with a lasting impact. Our program challenges young women to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and real-world professional skills, including presentation, interpersonal communication, project management and collaboration skills.
Sion's Portrait of a Graduate serves as the framework for the Designing Real World Impacts program. The Sion Success Model defines a Sion grad as a well-rounded individual, faith-filled global citizen, and servant leader. In addition to developing their projects, students in the Designing Real World Impacts program engage in discussion and reflection around the ideas, skills, and mindsets they will need to be successful as young professionals entering the workforce. Students are expected to be active participants in the process by tracking their growth in these areas and providing artifacts which serve as evidence toward their mastery of these skills and standards.