Our Core Values
EIM's core values are central to how we approach our work. They describe our approach to developing partnerships with other organizations, school leaders, and the students themselves. Our volunteer staff are trained in our core values and live into them every time they work with the students we work with.
Our organization believes in the value and unique benefits of experiential learning, which is the centerpiece of all of our programs. Our programs challenge students in ways a lecture-based environment cannot, promoting critical thinking skills and knowledge retention by putting the lessons of the traditional curriculum into action. Our staff also work with teachers as equal partners to ensure that a student’s total educational experience is designed with a common goal.
Our vision is to cultivate confident, independent leaders motivated by a spirit of entrepreneurship and self-discovery. We support student leaders as they take on increasingly important roles and feel empowered to speak with their own voice in their school and broader communities. As students graduate from our programs into the next phase of their lives, they will have the tools and vision to create a positive impact. We will similarly empower our staff to act as leaders, bringing together the resources of their local communities for a common educational goal.
We are driven by the desire to create new educational opportunities for all, regardless of their background, income level, geography, or other factors. We will bring leadership opportunities to underfunded schools where they may be scarce, and we will help launch programs that provide new pathways to success for all students.
We believe in the power of communities and that the value of our community is greater than the sum of its constituent parts. We therefore strive to promote collaboration among students, teachers, and conference leaders that may not otherwise have the opportunity to work together. Our staff will act as partners within these communities, serving their unique needs and goals while also bringing them together into a national movement.
As our students encounter challenges in their work with us, we will always push them to seek out creative solutions to those challenges and help them see their ideas become reality. Furthermore, we also actively promote student innovation among our programs in a way that unlocks their potential as thinkers and leaders.