Community Partnerships

The richness of the living-learning environment will leverage the Chicagoland, San Diego-based, national and global resources surrounding our Academy to provide externships for our students and a pool of interns for our partnering cross-programming organizations.


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Community Partners:

Old Town School of Folk Music
Merit School of Music
Kartemquin Films
The Newberry Library
Chicago Public Schools
Multiple farming partners (in discussion with Gotham Greens)
DePaul University – First Genesis Chapter on College Campus
University of Pennsylvania and Wharton Alumni Clubs of Chicago
Operation Hope – committed financial literacy curriculum pro-bono
San Diego Unified (public schools)


Global Community Partners:

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Rotary International (globally)
Salzburg Global Seminars – in progress
The Tel Aviv Conservatory of Music
AHD School for Science in the Bedouin community (Israel)
The International Crisis Group (in progress)
Smithsonian Institution Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, NYC
The Alliance for Peacebuilding, Washington, DC
The Fellowship of Reconciliation, Nyack, NY
Global Press Institute – in progress
Out of Poverty
Drama for Life, South Africa
Samosa Project (British/Pakistani film)
Isis Women’s International Cross Culture Exchange, Uganda


Research Partners:

University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships and School of Education
Stanford University Medical School Center for Compassion and Altruism
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
DePaul University School of Education
Harvard Professor, Dr. Doris Sommer and her Harvard-based Cultural Agents Initiative
University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness(in discussion)

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