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Attention 8th Graders Y.E.A.H. Young Entrepreneurs at Haas – UC Berkeley

January 22, 2013

The Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH)


The High School Program—2013 Application Available Now for incoming high school freshman!


A Year Round, In-depth Opportunity

YEAH is the only university-based youth entrepreneur program to support high school students with virtually year-long rather than summer-only programs, providing each student participant with hundreds of hours of education, mentoring, coaching, and support. Incoming freshmen participate in a two-week immersive summer academy that prepares them for the year and years ahead with courses in PowerPoint, Excel and others. During their first summer, students work in teams to develop their first mini case, usually a study on workplace communication where they meet and interview scores of Haas YEAH is also distinctive for being campus-based and able to provide youth with all the resources, depth, and energy that a university offers-exposure to a campus setting has a huge impact on the likelihood of first generation college-bound students going to, and staying in, college.


High School Program – The Details


9th – 12th

Curriculum Highlights -

Life skills including: self-esteem, problem solving, leadership, teamwork, time management, presentation, competition, and financial literacy. Business principles including: interview skills, resume writing, business dress and etiquette, as well as internships. Opportunity recognition including: college tours, college test preparation, financial aid workshops, and internships.

Student Requirements:

Students can apply to the program only while in the spring semester of their 8th grade year. The four highest criteria we are looking for in students include those who would be first in their family to go to college, attend public schools, are low-income (Cal Grant qualifications) and have average grade points (2.5 – 3.5).

Program Duration:

Summer (July for summer academy) and the academic school year (September through May)

Locations & Meeting Times:

Saturdays (monthly in the fall semester and twice monthly in the spring semester) at Haas School of Business

Mornings or afternoons, depending on grade level (approximately three hours each meeting)

Student Commitment:

4 hours per meeting (varies depending on the time of year), and homework in between sessions. Students are also invited to give back to the community by participating in Powered by YEAH events.


Haas students (undergraduate, MBA and PhD students) as well as Cal and other college or university students, and local business professionals.

Application Period:

January through March, must be completed and returned to the YEAH Office before April 5, 2013. For more information, contact Lucas Abbott, High School Program Director and Saturday Academy Director. (510) 643-4622 or visit the YEAH website at


Students enjoy plenty of social and bonding time, which helps as the academic year begins and they begin their first of two corporate case studies for the year. Sophomores get a refresher week of summer academy, including a jump start on their Individual Business Plans, which they will spend the rest of the year developing. Juniors and seniors are offered the opportunity to apply for paid positions as camp counselors and peer leaders for summer academy, which provides them with experience in cross-age mentoring, and leadership skills in addition to earning income. And finally, the same juniors and seniors can apply to be counselors for B-BAY middle school summer camp, which is YEAH’s earned income program for families who can afford to pay for two-week summer enrichment program.




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