The Ballard Center is an academic center that interacts with students, faculty, and practitioners to search for pattern-breaking social innovations. 

Come to the BYU Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance and the Peery Social Entrepreneurship program to learn how the world’s most vexing social problems are being solved. The Ballard Center matches students’ personal skills and interests with worthwhile educational experiences that lead to a meaningful life of Doing Good Better.

The Ballard Center opened its doors in 2004 as the Center for Economic Self-Reliance, and has continued to grow since then. Run solely with funds from donors who are dedicated to giving students transformative educational opportunities, the Ballard Center was designated in 2012 as one of 30 Changemaker Campuses around the world by Ashoka U.

Enhance your impact on the world today by signing up for one of the following Ballard Center opportunities:

  • Attend our eye-opening events & clubs to learn how to make your philanthropy smarter
  • Classes provide frameworks for social change and teach students how to leverage their skills
  • On- and off-campus internships help build your résumé and solve social problems
  • Competitions, such as the Social Venture Academy, provide students coaching and funding to make their socially-minded business ideas become a reality

Get Involved

Whether it’s for one hour a semester or several, there’s a place for you at the Ballard Center. Students from any major can come to the Ballard Center for an advisement session to construct a personalized plan for incorporating our programs into their BYU experience. Sign up here.