The Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) youth mentoring program is expanding its summer business academy to high school students in Taiwan.
YEAH's UC Berkeley Business Academy (B-BAY) is adding 20 seats this summer for students in Taiwan. Students are required to apply and interview to attend the program, called the International Berkeley Business Academy for Youth, or iB-BAY.
Students from Taiwan will live in dorms and attend classes at Haas with U.S. students enrolled in the UC Berkeley Business Academy, a program now in its fifth year. The program will run from July 1 to July 12.
Haas Professor Teck Ho is serving as the faculty adviser of the new program for international students.
“I am very excited about iB-Bay and the opportunity to extend the world-renowned resources of Berkeley-Haas to bright and motivated youth from around the world, and I am particularly pleased with the enthusiastic response from our alumni in Taiwan who are actively getting involved in this program,” says Ho, also director of the Haas School's Asia Business Center.
"We are beginning our first international program with Taiwan, then we will be expanding to other regions in Asia, Latin America, and beyond."
Proceeds from YEAH's summer programs help YEAH offer its programs for low-income middle and high school students during the school year at no charge.
YEAH, a self-supporting program, has been mentoring and teaching business skills to economically disadvantaged youth for 23 years. One-hundred percent of students who complete YEAH's four-year program has graduated from high school and gone on to college, and they are usually the first in their families to do so.
In addition to receiving funding from the summer academy, YEAH recently launched a raffle for a Chevy Volt to raise money. Saturday, April 27, is the last day to buy tickets for the raffle at voltraffle.com. The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. May 4 at the conclusion of the YEAH Showcase in Andersen Auditorium at Haas.