• Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship
The Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Hillbrook School
Who We Are

The Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship is a dynamic new program focused on integrating design thinking, making, project-based learning, and community partnerships in order to help students and faculty make a difference in the world. Social entrepreneurship – the application of an intentional and entrepreneurial approach to prototyping innovative solutions to social problems – fosters innovation and problem-solving skills, while challenging students and faculty to reach beyond the Hillbrook campus to contribute to the greater good.
 
The Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Hillbrook School is a first-of-its kind at a junior kindergarten to 8th grade school, committed to engaging students in real-world problem solving that empowers students to reach beyond themselves and make a difference in the world.
 
“At the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship we know children are the future problem solvers of the world. In talking to many current successful social entrepreneurs, we learned that experiences from a young age define their path as social impact leaders.” - Annie Makela, Director of the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Hillbrook
What We Do
The Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Hillbrook School is committed to JK-8th grade social impact-learning, inspiring students to claim with authenticity: what matters to me and what will I do about it?

At the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship, we are exploring exciting partnerships in the South Bay community including having a satellite office at WeWork, a collaborative office space in Downtown San Jose. Our presence at WeWork opened the door to a promising partnership with Kiva San Jose. We have launched a Kiva Lending Club in which our students will be able to make real loans, meet the Kiva entrepreneurs, and begin to discover ways to support their small, growing businesses. We continue to push ourselves to use the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship as a platform to reimagine the classroom as an extension of our community, creating real life learning experiences that will shape how students will tackle the toughest challenges facing society. Both the challenges that currently exist and ones we aren’t able to yet imagine.

The larger goal of bringing a focus of social entrepreneurship education to Hillbrook is that it will not just impact the education and lives of Hillbrook students but will also create exciting opportunities for other children and educators to bring this curriculum to other schools and communities.



How We Are Doing It
Using a human centered design lens, the Center develops inquiry-based learning experiences that connect young people with the communities around them through the pillars of partnership, collaboration, curiosity, innovation, gratitude, and humility.

The Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship is committed to building meaningful community partnerships, allowing our students to transform their curiosities, questions, and ideas into projects that reach beyond Hillbrook.




The Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship was made possible by a generous grant by the Scott Family foundation to Hillbrook School.

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The Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship is named for Hillbrook parents and philanthropists Shannon Hunt-Scott and Kevin Scott. Through their non-profit, The Scott Foundation, the Scott family focuses on hunger and education projects, aspiring to empower Bay Area children to achieve their personal best.
An independent Junior Kindergarten -8th grade school in Los Gatos since 1935

300 Marchmont Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032
 
 
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