Illinois Tech Global Leader Community Changemaker
Illinois Tech Global Leader Community Changemaker

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The “Community Changemaker” badge recognizes Illinois Tech Global Leaders who successfully complete a Community Innovation Project over the course of 10 months (July through April of their junior year of high school). As part of our summer session (part of our two-year, integrated STEM enrichment program), rising juniors collaborate in teams to propose Innovation Projects of their own design to be implemented over the course of the next year. Guided by Project Mentors (adult professionals), Students are empowered to promote positive change and create opportunities in their communities through Innovation Projects. Additionally, students learn how to identify, frame, and justify the importance of a STEM-related problem in their community; develop and implement a 10-month project to address that problem; seek input and resources from professional and external organizations; collaborate on a team of diverse peers; and develop project management, budget planning, presentation skills, and other professional skills along the way. Innovation Project groups who complete their projects present their work to an audience of 250+ program participants, family members, and representatives of various organizations and companies at our end-of-year banquet celebration.


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  1. This badge recognizes a student’s demonstrated, exemplary service to their community through completion of an original, STEM-related Community Innovation Project over the course of 10 months, as well as their ability to work with peers and professionals and maintain involvement with a long-term project in the real world. The “Community Changemaker” badge will be awarded to Illinois Tech Global Leaders who completed a Community Innovation Project over the course of their junior year. We will know that they have completed a project if they present their Innovation Project at our end-of-year banquet and if their supervising Project Mentor confirms that that student has been actively involved throughout the year in the development and implementation of their project; the Program Director will review the list submitted by each Project Mentor and confer badges on eligible students. The only prerequisite for this badge is participation in our program, which itself has rigorous admission requirements; there is no prerequisite badge for this one. Students can only get the “Community Changemaker” badge during their junior year of high school. This badge gives program participants the opportunity to differentiate themselves from other participants who also had the option to develop an original, community-service-oriented Community Innovation Project but who did not take advantage of it. It also gives students an additional bullet on their resume to describe their participation, and program staff and instructors a way to further endorse* the most engaged program participants. Additionally, we see the “Community Changemaker” badge as something that both college admission counselors and potential employers would see as a significant, professionally relevant experience in the real world. We hope that receiving this badge inspires students to pursue other badges with our program (i.e., the “Problem Solver” and “Collaborative Leader” badges during the following summer).
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