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Individual vs. Institution: Who continues the story?

Beneficial Branding When I was a teenager, I remember my Dad telling me… “Whatever you resist, persists.” Professional Development Last month, we organized a professional development workshop for about 130 faculty, staff, and administrators from eStem Schools. I was excited about the opportunity because I believe very strongly in the importance of acknowledging individual identity…

New Partnerships, Same Purpose

You’ve seen the quote… If you want to go fast, go alone.                                                                                        …

Tuning In: A Culture of Identity

John David Pittman is more than a photographer, he’s a storyteller. I met JDP in the spring of 2014 as we hosted the first ever High School Startup Weekend at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. He volunteered his time that day because of his connection to education and his interest in what we…

The Power of SXSWedu: Connection & Collaboration

I am 1 of 28,600,262 (last count) people that has watched the great TED Talk by Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability. In that talk, she states… “The ability to feel connected is why we’re here.” I’ve been going to SXSW since 2010 and have had the opportunity to meet and spend time with many…

Startup Day: Tip of the Entrepreneurship Spear for High School Students

In November of last year, we had the opportunity to launch our first ever High School Startup Day. In partnership with Junior Achievement and the Innovation Hub, we welcomed over 100 students, 10 teachers, and 10 mentors to engage in the startup process to tackle a social sector issue. Since beginning in the summer of…

Noble Summit: Win $20,000+ in Prizes for Best Teacher Ideas

Noble Summit: Win $20,000+ in Prizes for Best Teacher Ideas

Are you attending the Noble Impact Educators Summit? Your ideas could win your school a portion of $20,000+ in tech and classroom funds!

To College Or Not To College: 3 Education Strategies for Young Entrepreneurs

To College Or Not To College: 3 Education Strategies for Young Entrepreneurs

Are you a young entrepreneur or parent of a young entrepreneur trying to figure out if college is the right step? Consider the following options…

Noble Impact Seeks Lead Engineer To Scale Access To Opportunity For K-12 Students

Noble Impact Seeks Lead Engineer To Scale Access To Opportunity For K-12 Students

We’re hiring! Noble Impact is looking for a technologist who’s passionate about building and leading the future of education for K-12 students. Sound like you or someone you know? Let’s connect!

FAQ: Noble Impact Educators Summit 2016

FAQ: Noble Impact Educators Summit 2016

Learn more about Noble Impact Educators Summit, a three-day professional development event for educators to reimagine what education could be. July 27-29.

CTE Educators: Get Free Registration to Noble Summit!

CTE Educators: Get Free Registration to Noble Summit!

One hundred Arkansas CTE educators will receive complimentary registration to the Noble Impact Educators Summit, July 27-29, 2016.

Join Us at the Noble Impact Educators Summit!

Join Us at the Noble Impact Educators Summit!

Attend the inaugural Noble Impact Educators Summit, a professional development event where educators aim to rewire education for purpose and relevance.

CEO Eric Wilson Honored as Arkansas Business “40 Under 40”

CEO Eric Wilson Honored as Arkansas Business “40 Under 40”

Noble Impact CEO, Eric Wilson, 31, was honored in Arkansas Business’ 2016 “40 under 40” class of local movers and shakers.  The Noble Impact team would like to congratulate him on his success with being nominated and chosen as a recipient of the award.

Welcome Digital Strategist Trevór Collins to Team Noble Impact!

Welcome Digital Strategist Trevór Collins to Team Noble Impact!

We are pleased to announce that digital strategist Trevór Collins joined our team this week as Noble Impact’s very first Digital Marketing and PR Manager. Please join me in welcoming him to the Noble Impact family!

High School Apprenticeships: Dakota Felder Explores Real-world Web Design

High School Apprenticeships: Dakota Felder Explores Real-world Web Design

Senior Dakota Felder performed his apprenticeship with design and development agency, Few. He will tell you that his experience went beyond his wildest dreams, and it has also led him to become a freelance web designer while exploring a “gap year” before deciding which college to attend.

High School Apprenticeships: Hannah Young Discovers Soft Skills

High School Apprenticeships: Hannah Young Discovers Soft Skills

During her high school apprenticeship at the Museum of Discovery, senior Hannah Young built both soft skills and hard skills as an Animal Care Technician.

Digital Portfolios: How One High School Filmmaker Showcases Who She Is

Digital Portfolios: How One High School Filmmaker Showcases Who She Is

High school junior Bethanie Gourley uses her Noble Impact portfolio to showcase her work and build her professional network and budding career in film.

High School Apprenticeships: Jordan Young’s Pursuit of Photography

High School Apprenticeships: Jordan Young’s Pursuit of Photography

High School senior Jordan Young entered Noble Impact’s apprenticeship program with a passion for photography and exited with a set of professional skills.

Noble Impact Educators Summit: Why Arkansas, Why Now?

Noble Impact Educators Summit: Why Arkansas, Why Now?

There is no better place than Arkansas and no better time than now to rewire education at the Noble Impact Educators Summit.

10 Student Expectations That All Schools Should Consider

10 Student Expectations That All Schools Should Consider

Schools worry a lot about the expectations they set on students, but what about the expectations that students have for their schools? We were inspired this week by Big Picture Learning’s “10 Expectations” from students.

We’re Hiring a Digital Marketing and PR Manager!

We’re Hiring a Digital Marketing and PR Manager!

Noble Impact is hiring a Digital Marketing and PR Manager to lead and grow our digital marketing and communications strategy. Are you that person?

3 Keys To Good Communication In An Entrepreneurial Family

3 Keys To Good Communication In An Entrepreneurial Family

Communication can be make or break for a startup, and it’s also a crucial part of family life. Here’s how to master entrepreneurial family communications.

3 Ways To Fight Isolation As A Young Entrepreneur

3 Ways To Fight Isolation As A Young Entrepreneur

Being a young entrepreneur can be exciting, but also lonely, at times. Don’t let yourself become isolated when you are surrounded by resources. Some tips…

A Noble Future: Retrocat Media Speaks About Attaining Success

A Noble Future: Retrocat Media Speaks About Attaining Success

Success is a routine. Success is habit. Success is not an act, but a ritual. We spoke with Noble Impact about what it takes to be successful.

On My High School Photography Apprenticeship: Booking My First Client

On My High School Photography Apprenticeship: Booking My First Client

Senior Jordan Young writes about how it feels to be entrusted with his first paid headshot session, a rite of passage in his high school photography apprenticeship.

Non-tech MVPs: Why Every Tech Startup Should Start With One

Non-tech MVPs: Why Every Tech Startup Should Start With One

Some would-be entrepreneurs waste time either building a product no one wants or not validating the ideas stuck in their heads. Enter the non-tech MVP.

Announcing the Inaugural Noble Impact Educators Summit!

Announcing the Inaugural Noble Impact Educators Summit!

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of our inaugural Noble Impact Educators Summit, a three-day professional development event for educators and school administrators to reimagine what education could be.

SXSWedu Takeaways From An Education Newbie

SXSWedu Takeaways From An Education Newbie

This year was my first at SXSWedu, and three things topics really got me thinking: Diversity, professional development, and technology. What about you?

The First-Generation Struggle: A Letter From My 22-Year-Old Self

The First-Generation Struggle: A Letter From My 22-Year-Old Self

In 2008, I wrote a (now re-discovered) letter about my college financial aid experience. It reminds me we have a long way to go for education equity, but I am hopeful.

Find Noble Impact at SXSWedu and SXSW Interactive!

Find Noble Impact at SXSWedu and SXSW Interactive!

From speaking and exploring to learning and networking, find Noble Impact colleagues Chad Williamson and Erica Swallow at SXSW and SXSWedu!

A Craftsman Since Birth: Julian Kresse’s Story

A Craftsman Since Birth: Julian Kresse’s Story

I have always been a creative child but it was not until I started karate and chose the katana sword as my weapon that I knew I wanted to be a blacksmith.

Teen Entrepreneurship: When To Parent, When To Advise

Teen Entrepreneurship: When To Parent, When To Advise

As parent and advisor to my son Joshua, a teen entrepreneur, I found myself praising him for a great pitch to investors in one breath and chewing him out for his room being a mess in the next. It was a bit messy; here’s how we solved it.

A Hobby for Storytelling: Bethanie Gourley’s Story

A Hobby for Storytelling: Bethanie Gourley’s Story

Noble Impact scholar Bethanie Gourley on her passion… “Logistics and equipment don’t fuel my passion for film. I am inspired by the format available to share stories and experiences.”

Noble Impact Seeks Facilitators For Middle School and High School

Noble Impact Seeks Facilitators For Middle School and High School

We are looking for education-obsessed, purpose-driven facilitators to join our team in scaling access to opportunity for students in Noble Impact.

14 Resources For Young Entrepreneurs In Arkansas

14 Resources For Young Entrepreneurs In Arkansas

Are you a Arkansas student interested in STEM or entrepreneurship, but not sure how to start or where to go? If so, check out these resources!

How To Encourage Teens Exhibiting Entrepreneurial Traits

How To Encourage Teens Exhibiting Entrepreneurial Traits

If you’re the parent of a teen who’s constantly tinkering or spending time disassembling electronics, here’s how to encourage positive next steps.

The Noble Impact Apprenticeship: Challenging Students To Be Creators

The Noble Impact Apprenticeship: Challenging Students To Be Creators

The Noble Impact apprenticeship enables high school seniors to challenge themselves, be creators, and be coachable – all within the school day.

Age Is Irrelevant In Entrepreneurship, But We’re Just Not Ready

Age Is Irrelevant In Entrepreneurship, But We’re Just Not Ready

Entrepreneurship at any age is possible, but our education and business systems aren’t ready for that reality. Enter one determined teen entrepreneur who bucked the system.

Dream Big: Notes From Visiting A Junior Achievement Competition

Dream Big: Notes From Visiting A Junior Achievement Competition

In a recent keynote at Junior Achievement of Arkansas, Noble teammate Erica Swallow urged students to dream big, take initiative, and never settle.

Is Accepting Failure Harmful To Young Entrepreneurs?

Is Accepting Failure Harmful To Young Entrepreneurs?

Let me be clear, failure is not some startup merit badge. Startup failure is not a goal, it’s not a personal brand marketing strategy, and it’s not a required milestone for success.

2015: Looking Back On A Year Of Noble Impact

2015: Looking Back On A Year Of Noble Impact

Thanks to our community for helping us work toward our mission in 2015. Noble Impact has accomplished much and is laser-focused heading into 2016.

How High Schoolers Are Using Lean Startup

How High Schoolers Are Using Lean Startup

Watch our teammate Erica Swallow give a lighting-style talk at Lean Startup Conference about how high schoolers are using the Lean Startup methodology.

Passion: How Important Is It For Young Entrepreneurs?

Passion: How Important Is It For Young Entrepreneurs?

How important is passion? I’ll save you the suspense… VERY IMPORTANT. But what exactly does that mean for a entrepreneur in his or her teens or early 20s?

Meet Our Noble 201 Scholars!

Meet Our Noble 201 Scholars!

We’re excited to introduce you to our Noble 201 scholars and their passions, interests, and ambitions. These students are building 21st century skill sets and mindsets through their work!

A Noble Scholar On ‘Ten Things I Know To Be True’

A Noble Scholar On ‘Ten Things I Know To Be True’

Inspired by Google’s philosophical manifesto, “Ten Things We Know To Be True,” Noble Impact scholars write their own list of values.

A Student’s Perspective On ‘Most Likely To Succeed’ Film

A Student’s Perspective On ‘Most Likely To Succeed’ Film

Noble Impact 201 scholar Jones McConnell reflects on this year’s breakthrough education documentary and on meeting its executive director, Ted Dintersmith.

‘Most Likely To Succeed’ Film Spurs Education Conversation In Arkansas

‘Most Likely To Succeed’ Film Spurs Education Conversation In Arkansas

Hundreds of concerned Arkansans gathered to discuss the future of education at two Noble Impact screening of education documentary “Most Likely To Succeed.”

Aimée Eubanks Davis: Reimagining College-to-Career Success With Braven

Aimée Eubanks Davis: Reimagining College-to-Career Success With Braven

Braven, a college-credit Accelerator program, was founded by Aimée Eubanks Davis to equip low-income, marginalized college students with pathways to success.

How Lean Startup Is Changing High School Education

How Lean Startup Is Changing High School Education

Educators worldwide are seeking ways to better engage students and prepare them for life after high school. For some, Lean Startup is a part of the solution.

Noble Impact To Host First Screenings Of “Most Likely To Succeed” In Arkansas

Noble Impact To Host First Screenings Of “Most Likely To Succeed” In Arkansas

We’re excited to be hosting the first screenings of “Most Likely To Succeed” in Arkansas. Join us in Little Rock and Fort Smith to discuss the future of education.

A Story Of Entrepreneurship And Little Rock’s First Vegan Restaurant

A Story Of Entrepreneurship And Little Rock’s First Vegan Restaurant

Noble Impact 201 scholar Madison Duke didn’t understand the concept of entrepreneurship until vegan cafe co-founder Shiem Shift visited her class. Now, she wants to start her own business.

Sign Up For The Monthly Noble Impact Newsletter!

Sign Up For The Monthly Noble Impact Newsletter!

We’re excited to keep the Noble Impact community up to date on our latest work. Sign up for the monthly Noble Impact newsletter to stay in the know!

What If… We Reimagined How We Attract And Retain Young Talent?

What If… We Reimagined How We Attract And Retain Young Talent?

Noble Impact has stepped out to rethink education and this is a great opportunity for the business community to reimagine talent attraction and retention.

Stories: The Power Of Sharing And Listening

Stories: The Power Of Sharing And Listening

eStem K-8 Director Jessi Forster shares her perspective on stories after witnessing Noble Impact 5th graders sharing their own stories and portfolios.

Aaron Walker: Changing Education By Changing The Face Of Social Entrepreneurship

Aaron Walker: Changing Education By Changing The Face Of Social Entrepreneurship

Walker is a man on a mission to change the face of social entrepreneurship in one generation, in order to ensure that every child receives a high quality education.

5 Questions To Consider When Making The College Vs. Startup Decision

5 Questions To Consider When Making The College Vs. Startup Decision

My wife, son, and I recently made the “college vs startup” decision. Here’s what we considered when advising him on which path was the best for his future.

Why K-12 Entrepreneurial Education Is Critical To A Student’s Success

Why K-12 Entrepreneurial Education Is Critical To A Student’s Success

Educating students early about entrepreneurism gives them options. Options bring hope. When students’ mindsets are success-oriented, we all win.

It’s A Kid’s World: Chelsea Clinton Speaks On How Youth Are Changing The World

It’s A Kid’s World: Chelsea Clinton Speaks On How Youth Are Changing The World

Chelsea Clinton spoke as the 1,000th speaker at the Clinton School of Public Service’s Speakers Series, and Noble Impact scholars were there to listen.

What If Students Were Encouraged To Be Innovation Junkies?

What If Students Were Encouraged To Be Innovation Junkies?

What if the goal of education was to inspire students to be innovation junkies? Imagine if the expectation for students was to be innovators.

The New High School Essentials: LinkedIn, a Resumé, and a Digital Portfolio

The New High School Essentials: LinkedIn, a Resumé, and a Digital Portfolio

A decade ago, high school students were sent home with supply lists that included a backpack, binders, notebooks, and pens. Today, it is becoming increasingly important for a high schooler to come prepared with his or her digital records of achievement, including a LinkedIn profile, a resumé, and a digital portfolio.

LinkedIn For High School: A 16-Year-Old’s Thoughts On Professional Networking

LinkedIn For High School: A 16-Year-Old’s Thoughts On Professional Networking

Prior to this year, I had no idea what LinkedIn is or how it could benefit me. I’m sixteen, and here’s why I no longer think LinkedIn is boring. In fact, it’s very useful for me as a high school student.

What Are The Requirements For Success?

What Are The Requirements For Success?

Having experience, a problem, and passion seem to be the basis for forging a pass towards success.

A Mentor’s Role In Managing Risk

A Mentor’s Role In Managing Risk

Young risk takers need reliable mentors to help them manage risk early on. As the father of a young entrepreneur, managing risk is part of my job.

A Case For Apprenticeships In Modern Education

A Case For Apprenticeships In Modern Education

Our current assembly-line education system needs a modern-day makeover. With high school apprenticeships, though, we could better prepare our students for life.

How The Startup Community Enhances The Noble Impact Experience

How The Startup Community Enhances The Noble Impact Experience

High school senior Joel Haynes writes about how the startup community speakers enhance his and his classmates’ experience in Noble Impact.

Does The 10,000 Hours Mastery Rule Apply To Entrepreneurship?

Does The 10,000 Hours Mastery Rule Apply To Entrepreneurship?

Author Malcolm Gladwell, in his book “Outliers,” writes that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. But does this apply to entrepreneurship?

Noble Impact Scholars Visit Tech Startup Apptegy

Noble Impact Scholars Visit Tech Startup Apptegy

Noble Impact scholars visited Apptegy, a Little Rock-based education communications startup, yesterday, in order to learn about the world of entrepreneurship.

How We Knew Our Son Was An Entrepreneur At Age 13

How We Knew Our Son Was An Entrepreneur At Age 13

From a young age, our son saw the world around him differently than most people. Here are some signs that you, too, may have a teen entrepreneur on your hands.

Building Culture By Getting Out Of The Building

Building Culture By Getting Out Of The Building

Culture isn’t a decree from on high, implemented with the simple swoosh of the CEO’s hand. Instead, it has to be built by and for the entire team it represents.

What About Miguel? The Story Of A Student Left Behind And What To Do About It

What About Miguel? The Story Of A Student Left Behind And What To Do About It

Rather than politics, we must start a new conversation about the value of the teaching profession and reinforcing educational systems that prioritize the voice of all students.

Introducing Our Community Blogging Program

Introducing Our Community Blogging Program

Noble Impact is excited to unveil its Community Blogging Program, which will chronicle the thoughts of students, parents, and community leaders on the intersection between education, entrepreneurship, and public service.

How My Digital Portfolio Enabled Me To Connect With My Favorite Filmmaker

How My Digital Portfolio Enabled Me To Connect With My Favorite Filmmaker

Noble Impact scholars create digital portfolios that showcase their story, passions, values, and related projects. Here’s one student’s portfolio experience!

A 16-Year-Old’s Thoughts On Entrepreneurship

A 16-Year-Old’s Thoughts On Entrepreneurship

Arkansas entrepreneur Steve Clark relayed a lot of advice during his talk with Noble Impact students and Arkansas Fellowship scholars. Here are three compelling entrepreneurship quotes that stuck with Noble 201 scholar Kyla Webb.

Little Rock Nine Minnijean Brown Trickey Challenges Students On Race, Education Equity

Little Rock Nine Minnijean Brown Trickey Challenges Students On Race, Education Equity

Minnijean Brown Trickey, civil rights activist and member of the “Little Rock Nine,” joined a room of Noble Impact scholars this month to discuss the opportunity gap that persists in education for minority and marginalized students.

Team Retreat: Sharing And Caring On A Mountain Top

Team Retreat: Sharing And Caring On A Mountain Top

Our team recently took a retreat to Petit Jean Mountain and found a quiet place to reflect on the year past and plan for the near future.

Stop Asking Kids What They Want To Be When They Grow Up

Stop Asking Kids What They Want To Be When They Grow Up

Let’s stop asking students what they want to be when they grow up and start asking them what problems they want to solve right now. Education shouldn’t start and stop within the four walls of a classroom. It should be designed on top of a bridge of engagement between the classroom and community.

What Happens When Educators Convene To Reimagine Entrepreneurial Studies

What Happens When Educators Convene To Reimagine Entrepreneurial Studies

Educators from around America gathered this week at the Hawken School Educators Workshop for Entrepreneurial Studies to discuss and share best practices for launching entrepreneurship programs in K-12.

Noble Impact Joins Education Pioneers To Redefine The Future Of Education

Noble Impact Joins Education Pioneers To Redefine The Future Of Education

This week marks the kickoff of our partnership with Education Pioneers, as Noble Impact VP of Product Erica Swallow was chosen as one of 540 Fellows selected from 6,500 top graduate students and emerging leaders for the 2014-2015 Education Pioneers leadership development program.

Julian Kresse Talks Bladesmithing And Entrepreneurship

Julian Kresse Talks Bladesmithing And Entrepreneurship

Sixteen-year-old Julian Kresse explains how his passion for martial arts led to the founding of his bladesmithing business.

Student Entrepreneur Jase Burton Makes Little Rock News

Student Entrepreneur Jase Burton Makes Little Rock News

Noble Impact scholar and entrepreneur Jase Burton was featured on KARK News this week.

Innovate 2 Educate Spring 2015 [VIDEO]

Innovate 2 Educate Spring 2015 [VIDEO]

Check out the video overview of our Spring 2015 Innovate 2 Educate civic innovation challenge, where students were challenges to reimagine the education system.

Students Rachel Caffey and Jonah Rudkin Lead Innovate 2 Educate Challenge

Students Rachel Caffey and Jonah Rudkin Lead Innovate 2 Educate Challenge

We put students in charge at Noble Impact. Our program, Innovate 2 Educate, for example, is student-run and student-led. This year, students Rachel Caffey and Jonah Rudkin took the helm.

Lauren Bradley Launches Arkansas’s First Space Camp

Lauren Bradley Launches Arkansas’s First Space Camp

Lauren Bradley is not only a high school student, but co-founder of Arkansas’s first ever Space Camp, GASA, which will be offered through the Innovation Hub this summer.

Steve Clark Takes On Your Entrepreneurship Questions

Steve Clark Takes On Your Entrepreneurship Questions

Noble Impact chairman Steve Clark, was recently named the University of Arkansas Entrepreneur of the Year. Use #ARidea to ask him startup questions on Twitter.

Kennedy Smith Launches Fashion Line For Social Change

Kennedy Smith Launches Fashion Line For Social Change

High school student Kennedy Smith believes that everyone should be celebrated, not in spite of their differences, but because of them, and she launched a fashion line with that in mind.

An Interview With Innovate 2 Educate Team “Steering Arkansas”

An Interview With Innovate 2 Educate Team “Steering Arkansas”

Steering Arkansas is a method to inform and advocate the need for Drivers Education in Arkansas. The idea was formed by three Noble Impact students during the civic innovation challenge, Innovate 2 Educate.

Videographer Jadon Barnes On Passion And Practice

Videographer Jadon Barnes On Passion And Practice

Jadon Barnes, 16, has discovered a passion and talent for videography. From a young age, he’s been teaching himself the basics of the craft. Today’s he’s one of Arkansas’s up-and-coming filmmakers.