Our program started with one simple idea: help high school students in the Bay Area be the first in their families to go to college. For over 25 consecutive years, Boost@BerkeleyHaas has helped almost 1000 students go to college. 100% of our participating students have graduated from the program to pursue higher education. Since its beginnings, Boost has grown to become a four-year program focused on leadership development and college readiness. By continuing to utilize the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business facilities, professors, and student community as mentors, Boost provides a safe and intimate learning environment for high school Bay Area students to cultivate the necessary skills to succeed inside the classroom and beyond.
100% of the students who complete Boost's four year program have gone on to graduate high school and attend college. Boost@BerkeleyHaas serves Bay Area youth who need support in their path towards higher education. Our students tend to be African- or Hispanic-American, live in inner cities, and come from working-class backgrounds. Statistically, students that match this particular demographic in the United States have a very low probability of being admitted into college due to the lack of surrounding academic and financial resources, preparation, and guidance.