August ESI 2015

Dear ESI Enlight Fellow,

Congratulations on completing the ESI August program! Your enthusiasm, commitment, and creativity helped make the ESI August a success. VIA is delighted to invest in excellent and socially aware individuals to participate in the program. We are excited to see ways your personal growth and contribute back to your own communities through these two activities below. This will be a jump-start to the next chapter of your changemaker journey!


As part of your Enlight Fellowship, we would like for you to deepen your learning and amplify your impact by completing these 2 assignments: Personal Reflection & Community Event.

Below is an overview of the different steps you will need to take in order to complete both parts. Scroll down the page and you will also find detailed information on how to complete Part I, how to complete Part II, different format options, and deadlines & submission instructions.

Part I: Instructions

Reflecting on Your Professional Growth or Your Project Venture

Compose a short but thoughtful reflection about your ESI experience. Your reflection would be shared with fellowship funders and may be posted on VIA’s website.

Professional Growth

  • Why did you participate in ESI?

  • What are your professional aspirations?

  • What is your single biggest takeaway from ESI that you can apply to your professional growth?

  • What is one step you can take in your home community to actualize your dreams?

  • What is your word-of-advice to future ESI participants?


Option 1: Photo Essay

  • 1-2 pages of written reflection accompanied by several pictures
  • Submit both a pdf and editable word or google doc version with pictures as separate attachments

Option 2: Video essay

  • 2-3 min video reflection
  • Submit as an .mp4/.mov file or post online (e.g. youtube) and submit the link

Option 3: Collage

  • 1 poster report demonstrating your journey

Resources: Smore Flyer, Infographics

Part II: Instructions

Connect Your Community: Hold an Event!

Impact Hub flourished on the idea of gathering like-minded changemakers in a common space. VIA Enlight Fellows will act as Event Hubs of their local communities to achieve these purposes:

  • Broaden awareness of local social issues through VIA’s alumni network;

  • Share concepts and knowledge learned in ESI (open innovation, design thinking, empathy, luck etc) with the local community; and

  • Deepen connections between you and the local community

  • Introduce future social innovators to upcoming VIA programs

Please create an original event idea and hold this event your local community before November 8. The next ESI program will be held Feb 9-20 and the first deadline will be Nov 15--please leave a few minutes in your event to share your ESI experience and information for students interested in joining the next program. VIA wants to support you through the process of developing your event. Therefore, please email two versions of a short proposal to Yi that includes:

  • event topic

  • approximate date

  • potential location/venue

  • target audience

  • approximate # participants

If you need a thought partner, extra team members, ask for help! Seek out ideas and support from past ESI participants within your community to brainstorm and hold this event. Here are some possible ideas for events:

  1. Proaction or Social Issues Cafe

  2. Introduction to Design Thinking Workshop to tackle a particular challenge

  3. Unconference: What can we do to build a stronger VIA Alumni community?

  4. Your own idea! Could be at a physical location or a virtual session

After the event, please share an update with a brief summary, # attendees, email list and photos or video. Here are slides from the storytelling workshops. More information will be released at a later date. Meanwhile, have fun with the journey, changemakers! Don’t forget to trust the process!