The Social Innovation Academy (SINA) is an alternative university empowering marginalized youth and refugee communities to create their own solutions in form of social enterprises with positive impact on the society and the environment.
Youths are in charge of themselves and organize themselves in self-organized and freesponsible community hubs. Skills and experiences are gained through taking over responsibilities, leading the community through self-management. The organizational structure fosters the growth of every individual and offers opportunities to explore capabilities by taking over actual responsibilities and learn how to become a leader through actually leading. Most scholars have become able to unlearn limiting believes, getting rid of the fear of failing, expanding one’s comfort zone, and—especially—discovering oneself. They are able to think critically, create new solutions, sometimes take risks and are able to present themselves. Everyone creates their own curriculum according to their needs, goals and the roles. As changemakers, scholars apply learning directly to turn challenges into solutions and leave with their own jobs established. Transcending their backgrounds as e.g. refugees, orphans, street children personal tragedies often become the driving force for the creation of social enterprises tackling root causes.