We are piloting the Inventure Changemaker Program to teach our high school students to be effective change agents in society. This program is run by a pioneering teaching-learning community of volunteers, including academic experts, parent-entrepreneurs & activists, Inventure management and faculty.
Our team currently comprises 49 students from grades 9 to 12, faculty mentors Meenakshi Myer, Umadevi Maharajan, Preet B Aarons, Payal Sharma, Mary P, Shubhra Sinha, Jaya Mary John, Snehalatha Naidu, Rajita Menon, Vernon Noronha, Rekha Rao, and Lavanya Vimla. Our parent mentors include Meha Senthil, Latika Menon, Anu Parekh, Sumedha Godkhindi and Shiv Shankar. The program is run by Vihari Komaragiri, Mary Whabi and Nooraine Fazal.
As part of the program, students from Grades 9 to 12 are working on hands-on projects to learn (i) how to be entrepreneurial, (ii) go after big meaningful goals, (iii) communicate and execute smartly as a team, to be part of the solution to social problems. We have also made concrete progress in applying some of the best principles of (social) entrepreneurship, borrowing key ideas and best practices from industry and academia and are now heading into the last stretch for this academic year of executing on experiments and pilots planned by the Inventure Changemakers.
The projects we are working on this year:
Chain Reaction: Can students who understand a topic teach other students who may not have understood and maybe reticent to ask an adult?
Involve: Beyond the bubble of our privilege are children just like us. Can we form connections and do something for them concretely?
Our Future Our Voice: We care about different things than the decision makers deciding about our future. How might we get our voice to them?
Our Lakes Our Voice: This will be the city and the ecology that we will inherit. Lakes are a vital resource for our city. They are dying. Can we save one?
Our Traffic Our Voice: Being hungry, sleepy, or wanting to go the bathroom while being on a one-hour school bus ride is not fun. Especially everyday!