Social Innovation Lab


It means bringing to life God’s grander vision for the world as described by Catholic Social Teaching in ways that are:

  • More humane
  • More just
  • More effective
  • More sustainable
The new Social Innovation Lab is an innovative approach to hands-on education, community engagement and Catholic identity. JPII students will collaborate with social entrepreneurs and corporate mentors to develop innovative solutions to “real world” social problems in Collin County.

During the Fall Semester, through site visits, guest speakers and direct service, students learn about the complex social issues that affect our neighbors in Collin County.  In the SIL, students train on methods of problem-solving and innovation.

During the Spring Semester, students are embedded with a local non-profit and work in teams, coached by mentors, to apply the techniques they have learned to help improve the agency’s services to achieve greater social impact.

    • Innovating together in the SIL

    • Cardinal presentations in the SIL

    • Founders of the "The Nook" project to encourage reading in the Atheneum

Cardinals head to Rome for the I CAN Global Children’s Summit
December 2, 2019

Three JPII students from the 2018-19 Social Innovation Lab class, Sebastian Conklin, Ethan Gant, and Delinah Hailey, were invited to present their design project summary about teen food insecurity at the first annual  I CAN Global Children’s Summit from Nov. 27-30, 2019 in Rome, Italy. 

The Class of 2020 seniors had an opportunity to hear an address from Pope Francis and spend the week collaborating on social issues with more than 4,000 youth from around the world. To read more about the student-led project and Global Children's Summit, click here.

    • Cardinals take on Rome

    • I CAN Global Children’s Summit

    • Cardinals present at the Global Children’s Summit

Director, Social Innovation Lab

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  • Photo of Frank Santoni

    Frank Santoni 

John Paul II High School