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About Babson's Youth Impact Lab
How the #1 School for Entrepreneurship Empowers Youth
Who We Are
The Youth Impact Lab brings the resources of Babson College, ranked #1 in entrepreneurship for 29 consecutive years, to educators and professionals teaching entrepreneurship to youth. In addition, we have more than 10 years' experience working directly with youth, empowering them to become entrepreneurial change agents and leaders. We harness our resources by teaching educators how to deliver our entrepreneurship curriculum, EPIC (Entrepreneurship Program for Innovators and Changemakers), Babson’s flagship program for teaching entrepreneurship to middle and high school students
Creating Positive and Sustainable Change
As a part of Babson College’s Social Innovation Lab, we teach entrepreneurship by aligning two strategic frameworks: the UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) and Babson's award-winning Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® (ET&A) methodology.
Rooted in the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals
We help educate youth to be entrepreneurial leaders who create economic, social, and environmental value. Our learning solutions encourage youth from the U.S. and abroad to see obstacles as opportunities—showing them that they can become change makers and design their own future.
Why We Do This Work
As research from the United Nations World Youth Report has indicated:
- Successful entrepreneurial projects are run by people who demonstrate creativity, resilience, inspiration, risk tolerance, and action orientation
- Social entrepreneurship is most effective when the opportunity and approach is informed by local insight
- When provided with the right mindset and framework, young people are best positioned to help solve problems that impact their peers, community, and themselves
- There is a strong correlation between situation-specific support from established institutions and the impact of social entrepreneurship
Our programs and resources are built to specifically address each one of these insights. Learning is always action-oriented, situation-specific, localized, and approached from the type of entrepreneurial mindset that frees students from mental barriers and unlocks their creativity.
“An entrepreneur is someone who is ready to make a change, solve a problem, or help others...to make a change in his life or that of others. I think we are all entrepreneurs, only we discovered it at different times in our lives. I discovered it this year thanks to the EPIC program.”
– Student at Lincoln School
We have empowered educators, youth development professionals, and students from over 38 countries around the world. After participating in our programs youth have increased their entrepreneurial confidence, growth mindset, and critical thinking skills.
Concurrently, educators have increased their teaching and entrepreneurial self-efficacy, and strengthened their ability to teach entrepreneurship to youth. We have empowered thousands of educators, youth development professionals, and students from over 38 countries around the world. After participating in our programs youth have increased their entrepreneurial confidence, growth mindset, and critical thinking skills. Concurrently, educators have increased their teaching and entrepreneurial self-efficacy, and strengthened their ability to teach entrepreneurship to youth.
Meet the Youth Impact Lab Director, Dr. Beth Goldstein
“I’m passionate about designing and delivering experiential learning solutions that spark an excitement in educators and youth to address critical challenges and seize opportunities.”
Dr. Beth Goldstein
Director, Babson’s Youth Impact Lab
Empowering Educators to Lead the Next Generation of Changemakers
Dr. Beth Goldstein holds an EdD from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the Boston University Questrom School of Business. She has more than 30 years' of experience empowering educators, students, entrepreneurs, and executives.
As Director of the Youth Impact Lab, Dr. Goldstein specializes in delivering experiential training programs that develop entrepreneurial thinkers with the confidence they need to lead courageously and build innovative and purpose-driven solutions
Dr. Goldstein's Influence
Beth has taught in the U.S., China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Goldstein has also written three books:
- Entrepreneurial Marketing: A Blueprint for Customer Engagement (2020)
- Lucky By Design (2011)
- The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Toolkit (2007)
Teach Babson’s EPIC Youth Curriculum
In 9 weeks, middle and high school teachers can earn a Certificate in Youth Entrepreneurship Education from the #1 school for entrepreneurship, and learn how to empower students to make change in their communities.
Summer Study for High School Students
At Babson's Summer Study for High School Students, rising juniors and seniors are immersed in a 4-week, credit bearing, venture creation experience with peers from around the globe.
More Learning Opportunities
Here you can find additional opportunities to learn:
- Watch our webinar on Cultivating Entrepreneurial Youth Leaders
- Watch a brief video on "Why Youth Entrepreneurship Education Matters"
- Click the "More Resources" button below to download the article "Babson Cultivating Entrepreneurial Youth Leaders" and a sample lesson plan from our EPIC program