A wonderful collaboration between HBS alumni and high school students happened for six years in a suburbs of Chicago – the Mentoring & Leadership Course – the brainchild of high school outreach director/teacher Carol Valentino-Barry and Charles M. Duncan (HBS 2004), with encouragement from HBS and Chair of the school's MBA program, Dr. Jan Rivkin. From 2013-2018, a total of 105 students participated in the program at Ridgewood High School and received dual credit through Triton College.
For the 2018-2019 school year, the program moved to the Chicago Public School system, where 32 students from Whitney Young Magnet High School participated and received 3 hours of dual credit from Malcolm X College. Students ran independent service projects with the Salvation Army, Sarah's Circle Women's Shelter, and OpenBooks.
2019-2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, CPS teachers, students and HBS alums leveraged the virtual learning environment to reach AP Seminar, AP Environmental Science, Biology and Global Citizenship classes. 270 students, 6 protagonists, and 9 HBS Alums came together to study and discuss the cases in HBS fashion - complete with cold calls! Harvard Publishing Company generously donated the cases
The class continues to be supported by a partnership with United Airlines that reaches back to 2012. UAL hosts mock interviews, tours and summer jobs for students. Other partnerships include Starbucks, Chicago Cubs, The National Mentoring Partnership, and The President's Volunteer Service Award.
Whitney Young ranks as one of the best and most diverse public high schools in the nation. We are fortunate to work with the WYHS faculty, administration and students