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    Community Engagement

    Community Service

    Service Learning

    Social Entrepreneurship

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    Cultivate Leadership and Teamwork

    in Real-World Experiences

    Build Empathy and Character

    Design Creative Solutions

    Build Advocacy Skills

    Explore Purpose

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    Designing Solutions for Food Deserts
    Bonton Farms (8th Grade)

    Diminish Anxiety in Animal Shelters
    Operation Kindness (1st Grade)

    Building Homes in Partnership with the Community
    (Lower, Middle and Upper School)

    Solving Environmental Issues through Strategy
    Dallas Zoo (US Anatomy)

    Understanding Global Hunger Issues 
    NICEF (3rd Grade)

    Developing Solutions to Water Issues Impacting Dallas
    Paul Quinn Farms (6th Grade)

    Developing Business Solutions to Solve Environmental Problems
    (2nd Grade)

    Solving Carbon Footprint Impact 
    Hackathon (Upper School)

    Selling Handcrafted Items in Holiday Bazaar 
    Family Gateway (Middle School)

    Increasing STARR Results through Fine Arts Partnering
    with Local Schools (Upper School)

    Advocating for Education
    United to Lead (Upper School)

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    The Hockaday School
    Executive Director

    Students & Faculty
    (Lower, Middle & Upper School)

    Institute Liaisons
    LS: Leslie Gardner
    MS: Ryan Hobby
    US: Katy Lake
    Principal Partners:
    Akola Project
    Austin Street Shelter
    Big Thought
    Bonton Farm
    Central Market
    Dallas Theater Center
    Dallas Women’s Foundation
    Dallas Zoo
    Deeds not Words
    DFW Hackathon
    Dickinson Place
    Educational First Steps
    Family Gateway
    Future Leaders Program
    Genesis Women’s Shelter
    Guide Dogs for the Blind
    Habitat for Humanity
    Interfaith Housing
    Jewish Family Services
    Jonathan’s Place
    Jubilee Center
    Leadership ISD
    Maine Gait
    Make a Wish Foundation
    Mi Escuelita
    North Dallas Shared Ministries
    North Texas Food Bank
    Operation Kindness
    Operation Kindness
    Paul Quinn Farms
    Polar Trec
    Promise House
    Reading Partners
    Salvation Army
    Scottish Rite Hospital
    Stop Hunger Now
    TR Hoover Center
    Tremont Retirement
    Trinity River Audobon Center
    United to Learn
    Vickery Trading Company
    Walk STEM
    Wesley Rankin
    Zoo Corps 

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The Hockaday Institute for Social Impact represents a distinctive and innovative approach among K-12 schools, using the power of engaged, hands-on learning to prepare students for leadership in their communities, workplaces, and society. Through both new and longstanding partnerships with Dallas-area organizations, the Institute allows students to engage with diverse partners, learn from civic leaders, tackle projects with community impact, and put their creative ideas into action for lasting social benefit.

Hockaday launched the Institute for Social Impact in 2018 to organize its community engagement work for greater impact and to make a statement about the importance of this concept as part of an effective education in the 21st-century.

Led by Executive Director Laura Day, a recognized leader in the community service landscape in Dallas and nationally, the Institute is a distinctive approach among independent schools across the country. It allows Hockaday to extend our reach, increasing opportunities for collaboration with non-profit entities, businesses and other Dallas-based community organizations. Through a carefully designed set of real-world projects and experiences, Hockaday students have the chance to test what they are learning in the classroom, tackle tough problems, learn to work in teams, cultivate empathy and respect for others with different backgrounds and expertise, build character and confidence, and explore their purpose in the world.

A recent Hockaday graduate says the institute “has prepared me to lead a life of purpose and impact. It’s more than just making the grade. Now that I have all this I want to help share my knowledge with others and make the world a better place. Girls are really going out there and doing amazing things with what they know.”

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