Social Impact Lab:
Housing Innovations

What does it look like to create an innovation solution to housing in New York City?  Join us as a social impact fellow for our first lab of 2018.  Teen fellows will spend the semester visiting housing innovations around NYC, researching and defining what is the “housing issue” that innovators are responding to in their work, identify resources available to create a solution, and then create (or hack!) a real-life innovation of his/her own. Fellows will also earn 12 hours of community service. 


  • FIELD SCAN: Teens will make a field visit to a site in order to explore the range of solutions individuals have created to address the housing issue and to explore various processes used to come to the solution or innovation. They’ll participate in interactive workshops with the innovative founders of StreetLives and Housing Rights NY, and visit organizations that are re-thinking housing in NYC.

  • THE JEWISH RESPONSE: In a facilitated session along with a Jewish educator, teens will begin to discuss if housing is a “Jewish” issue - why or why not? Are the innovations the teens visited Jewish responses? Why or why not?  

  • RESEARCH: This is the “choose your own adventure” portion of the fellowship semester. Teens will determine what answers they still need in order to better understand housing issues in NYC and how to create a solution to the issue - as they define it. Teens will use the Greenhouse’s extensive network of experts to find the answers they need to move into the creation or “hacking” phase of the lab.

  • RESOURCES AND RESPONSES: Teens are in charge. As a team, the teens will plan a session where they brainstorm solutions.  The session might include  picking a group of stakeholders to work with or inviting the public to the conversation.

  • TESTING/HACKING/INNOVATING: Build it. In the final weeks, Fellows will create and test out their idea(s).  


Who: 9th – 12th graders in NYC

When: 8 sessions. Kick-off dinner on Thursday, Feb 15 at 6:15 pm. Other sessions meet on Tuesday nights, 6:15 - 8 pm: Feb 20, Feb 27, March 13, March 27, April 17, May 1, May 15.

Where: Locations will vary and will be provided to Fellows upon registration.

Requirement: Fellows must attend minimum of 6 of the 8 sessions.

Cost: $400. Scholarship money is available.

Questions: Contact Rebecca Schumer