Education through Lifelong Learning
Babson’s unique methodology provides a way of learning that allows you to create opportunities in both your professional and personal life. Our lifelong learning opportunities span from activities for preschoolers all the way to college classes for retirees.
Youth Entrepreneurial Leadership Programs
Define Your Difference with Babson’s Programs
Babson’s Office of Faith and Service runs three programs for children in both the Needham, Wellesley, and Framingham housing authorities, including:
- Elementary / Afterschool program, concentrating on homework help and enrichment activities
- Middle school / Entrepreneurial leadership program, hosted during the summer for children in the Wellesley, Needham, and Framingham housing authorities, teaching students how to start businesses, partner with nonprofits, and create, manage, and market products
- High school / College access and mentoring program, focusing on college preparation and admittance
Babson championed the effort to bring Lemonade Day to Boston in order to introduce experiential entrepreneurial education to area youth. Last year, the program engaged more than 3,000 Boston students (mostly low-income middle school students) by having them start their own businesses—lemonade stands.
Through Lemonade Day, students begin to understand the relationship between school and the work world and learn skills that better themselves and their families.
High School Summer Study
Summer Study brings together talented high school students from around the globe to learn how to impact and reshape organizations, industries, and the world. Students gain hands-on experience in developing their ventures while learning about creating social, environmental, and economic value from Babson’s top-ranked faculty in their course, the Babson Entrepreneurial Development Experience. Outside of the classroom, students engage with the greater Babson community in social, academic, and cultural programming. Throughout this residential program, students have the chance to earn college credit and build their network of peers and business and community leaders. Students learn skills for any career they want to pursue, and add experience to help them stand out in their college applications.
Babson Boston Cup
In 2014, Babson piloted an after-school experience for Greater Boston high school students. In its first year, the Babson Boston Cup program worked with approximately 125 students representing five public and private schools from the region. Students were taught a curriculum rooted in Babson’s Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® methodology that identified their skills, passions, and available resources to create a plan for a sustainable new venture that they could take action on immediately. Students competed in their schools to send two teams to a regional competition that included all of the schools from the program.
Babson’s Global Leadership Experience (GLDE)
This program allows college students to collaborate with student entrepreneurs, corporate and nonprofit executives, and renowned faculty. Students explore the United Nations Millennium Development Goals as a framework while working to create innovative, real-world solutions to social, economic, and environmental issues. In 2014, GLDE students conducted a consulting project for the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) and in doing so developed a proposal for an annual worldwide business school competition. Babson, led by GLDE alumni, continues to work with PRME around the logistics of actualizing this competition for 2015.
Babson partnered with The Trust, powered by the NFL Players Association, to create Basic Training—It’s My Business, a three-day program designed to assist former players with deciding if owning, partnering, or investing in a business is a sound career move.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
Since opening its doors in 1991, NFTE New England, based at Babson, has reached more than 14,000 young people from low-income communities with entrepreneurship education programs. Babson partners with NFTE to co-host events throughout the year, including the annual NFTE Youth Entrepreneurship Conference. Babson students serve as NFTE volunteers, and Babson professors, research groups, and coalitions serve as NFTE thought partners. The College provides a full scholarship to an outstanding NFTE student each year.
Audit Babson Classes
Wellesley and Needham senior citizens may audit Babson’s undergraduate classes on a space-available basis at no cost. In 2014, two Wellesley senior citizens audited five courses worth $26,240. Two Needham senior citizens took a total of two courses worth $9,720.
This year, the Lewis Institute for Social Innovation launched eProv Studio, an entrepreneurial learning program that focuses on encore entrepreneurship, as part of Babson’s Social Innovation Lab.
North Hill and Babson College Connection
North Hill and Babson College have a long-standing connection that spans more than three decades. A number of North Hill residents received degrees from Babson, and Babson faculty often serve as lecturers for North Hill’s lifelong learning offerings. This year, in honor of North Hill’s 30th anniversary, Babson donated a sapling from our Newton apple tree grove, which was subsequently planted during a dedication ceremony. In addition, North Hill proudly sponsored BabsonARTS programming in 2014, and Babson professor Beth Wynstra taught a course in November on famed playwright Samuel Beckett.
Needham and Wellesley residents may use materials on open shelves at Babson’s Horn Library and may check out books for four weeks.