Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship (NEW!)

Dates: June 19 - July 2, 2017

The Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship (SDSE) session of the Yale Young Global Scholars program is designed for students who are interested in exploring innovative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges facing our species and the planet.

Students are immersed in the interdisciplinary study and active problem solving of issues identified in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals involving economic development, poverty alleviation, human rights, and environmental protection.

In the SDSE session, students develop the practical and adaptive tools of an entrepreneur to address contemporary social and economic problems.  This session equips students with the skills and resources they need to make a difference in their communities and around the world.

If you have asked yourself any of the following (or related) questions, you will probably be interested in the SDSE session.

  • How can engineering advances improve access to clean water?
  • What is microfinancing and does it work?
  • How do we balance the need for maintaining biodiversity and economic development?
  • Should all organizations strive for a diverse and inclusive workforce?
  • How can we design sustainable cities?
  • How is access to education and public health interrelated?

Students attend lectures by Yale faculty, as well as smaller, more intimate seminars taught by Yale undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of departments such as Global Affairs; Economics; Environmental Studies; Public Health; Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Political Science. Over the course of the two-week program, students also work in Capstone project groups to identify problems in a specific topic, conduct rigorous background research, and propose solutions to those problems to their peers and instructors.


Excerpt from YYGS student blog:

“One of the most exciting aspects of this program is that I have the opportunity every day to be inspired by any one of the 249 impressive, accomplished, and incredible people taking part in the program. With each new person I meet, I am blown away by their unique sense of determination, passion, and drive. Never before have I been in an environment populated by such a diverse group of like-minded individuals. No matter how different our backgrounds and home cities, we share a common drive to experiment, learn, and accomplish.” - Grace Masback, USA