December 7th, 2012 | University

Students aim to ‘make an impact’

Roughly 250 Yalies and non-Yalies passing through Cross Campus yesterday afternoon burst balloons and scrawled their hopes across miniature whiteboards as part of student group Net Impact’s “Make An Impact” campaign.

Passers-by were asked to scribble their causes of choice on Post-it notes, pop a balloon to “make an impact” and replace their popped balloon with miniature whiteboards that read “I want to make an impact on ___.” Students then filled in the blank with their chosen causes. The effort, coordinated by Net Impact co-founder Schuyler Arakawa ’15, looked to expose Yalies to social entrepreneurship opportunities.

Net Impact, a student group founded this year, aims to encourage Yalies to take part in social entrepreneurship opportunities and establish ventures that would enact positive change. Although the organization has maintained a wide following at the Yale School of Management, winning the award for best attendance at the Net Impact Conference two years in a row, the undergraduate chapter was created this year.

“We have all of the resources of an established organization, but the flexibility and freshness of a new one,” Arakawa said.

New Impact will be holding a social enterprise career fair in February 2013.