The Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH)
For twenty-one years, the Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) has made pursuit of a college education a reality for underserved East Bay and Bay Area Youth. YEAH has also helped business students become business leaders who make a positive impact on society. At what is arguably the best public university in the country, if not the world, the university has served students with and without means, since its inception. This continues to be a priority across campus, throughout schools, and from Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. This priority carries ever more urgency due to the cuts in public education at every level, which disproportionately affect students in under resourced schools and districts.
At the Haas School of Business there has been a commitment to reaching beyond the student body comprised of undergraduates, MBAs, master's degree program candidates, and PhDs by partnering Haas students with underserved and under resourced middle and high school students in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. The ethic of serving something larger has always been distinctly Berkeley, and at Haas it is no exception. And at what feels like unprecedented times for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, this service to the community is ever more needed.
The Haas School of Business takes this notion even further in newly codified defining principles of Dean Richard Lyon's vision and strategic plan stating the school will develop, "people who question the status quo, project confidence without attitude, learn as students always, and think beyond themselves. It is this final principle- Beyond Yourself -where the Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas fits operationally in the Dean Lyons' strategic plan. Although the program has always been supported by deans and faculty members, the opportunity it provides for Haas students to work in the community, teach someone else what they've learned, and share their passion for education is now a key component of the Haas experience and curriculum.