What Is It?

MicroSociety is a national educational model that provides compelling real-life learning opportunities for K-8 students through the creation and operation of miniature societies. These societies, held during part of the school day, enhance academic lessons and provide platforms for young people to develop into leaders, entrepreneurs, creative forces and confident citizens. They also generate intrinsic motivation to do well academically because students understand school is key to their success.

Proven Model

MSI has a 30-year track record and supports 120 educational sites across the United States and in five countries. It has proven successful with every segment of the population — disadvantaged and advantaged, minority and majority — and has impacted the lives of more than 450,000 children and youth globally.

The Micro Model

Student & School Diversity

We work with students of diverse backgrounds…

  • 33% Hispanic, 31% African American, 29% Caucasian, 7% other
  • 85% elementary grades, 15% middle grades

…in all kinds of schools, in all kinds of settings.

  • 64% public, 18% charter, 15% magnet, 3% private
  • 66% urban, 19% rural, 15% suburban
  • 90% implement the whole school model and 10% the after-school curriculum

Dive Into a School


MicroSociety lifts student academic achievement, improves attitudes and engagement, and reduces discipline problems. It has a long record of success with at-risk populations, English language learners, and children with special needs. All MicroSociety students develop vital career and social emotional skills as they start and manage their own business ventures, nonprofits, and government agencies. We prepare them to navigate the future workplace, become active citizens, and take on our global challenges.

See the Results

MicroSociety's Story

The story of MicroSociety began in a Brooklyn classroom in 1967, where George H. Richmond, a young teacher, struggled to get his 5th grade students to pay attention in class. Fearing they would be consigned to lives of poverty without an education, he devised a creative plan to fire up their desire to learn and create lives of possibility.

His new way of teaching ultimately became a movement that has reached hundreds of schools and changed hundreds of thousands of lives. Watch our story to learn more.

Episode 6: Lesein Mutunkei Scores Soccer Goals to Fight Deforestation

Adventures With Jaida

Lesein Mutunkei, a 17-year-old from Kenya, is an environmental activist who has been doing his part to reverse the effects of climate change. Passionate from a young age about the environment, Lesein in 2018 created Trees for Goals, an organization that plants a tree for every soccer goal Lesein scores. His dedication has allowed the organization to plant over 1,400 trees and inspired many others to join him in the fight against climate change. Lesein is winner of the 2020 EcoHero Awards, which recognize young people 8 to 16 years old for environmental achievements.

Learn More

Carolynn King Richmond, Ed.M, Esq.

President and CEO

(215) 922-4006

Chris Bozzone

Director of School Partnerships and Community Relations

(215) 922-4006 ext. 100

Laura Mejia

Executive Director, South America


Milt Williams

Executive Director, Canada


Sandi Williams

Executive Director, Africa

(215) 922-4006 ext. 160

Riva Richmond

Content Director


Veronica Keenan

Program Assistant and Instagram Coordinator

(215) 922-4006 ext. 150

Jess Dixon

Media Lead and Operations Assistant

(215) 922-4006

Robyn Pancoast

Communications Guru


Pam Coad

Senior International Consultant

(215) 407-5437

Suzanne Downing

Senior International Consultant


Marcos Navos

Technology Specialist


Francie Summers

Senior International Consultant

(215) 922-4006

Donna Wilson

MicroSTEM, Senior Advisor

(215) 290-5437

Belief Statement

We believe in the power of kids and in their potential to do extraordinary things so much so that we challenge the status quo about who they are, what they can do, and how and from whom they learn. We help young people create their own world inside school and turn over the reins for them to manage it. We encourage them to design and manufacture products, sell them in their own marketplace of ideas, write and enforce their own laws, and along the way to grapple with the moral and ethical challenges that arise. Through the MicroSociety system, students learn the value and utility of their curriculum while making sense of their world.

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