To foster curiosity in HASST (Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Technology), nurture exceptional global citizens, increase access to equitable educational opportunities, and bridge the gender gap for students worldwide.
BeHASSTic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive platform dedicated to filling the gaps in traditional educational programs in Humanities, Arts, Social Science, and Technology (HASST). Recognizing the importance of inclusive education, we offer the opportunity to explore over 50 different topics--including cultures, languages, history, ethics, philosophy, civilization, arts, and technology--to any student, anywhere, 100% free of cost. Our diverse programs not only help students advance in these fields, but empower them to become leaders at BeHASSTic and in their communities. We are committed to providing high-quality programs, with no more than 10 students per teacher, so that instructors can interact with every student in every class. Students are and will always be the core of our organization; their requests for new courses create the roadmap for our programming. When a student comes to us with a request for a new course, we will always try our best to provide it. In addition to courses, BeHASSTic utilizes platforms such as a blog, podcasts, workshops, and social media to promote awareness and learning in the humanities, arts, social science, and technology (HASST). Through our website and social media presence, we compile and provide free resources specifically tailored to underrepresented groups, and do our best to make all of these resources known and accessible to anyone who can benefit from them. Providing equity in education is a core part of our mission. Every week, our volunteers visit our local partnership organizations to serve as teachers and role models for disadvantaged students. We also run two weekly computer science clubs for girls in partnership with Girls Who Code, striving to empower young girls with the capabilities and confidence to succeed in an increasingly digital world.
By the Numbers
4,100+ volunteer hours have been provided to support various communities
3,800 students have registered and took part in BeHASSTic's programs
Engaged students from 8 countries: US, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore
120+ Middle/High school volunteers from 13 different states make up BeHASSTic
Founder & CEO
I founded BeHASSTic in 2020 with a simple mission: to provide free music lessons to students whose classes had been canceled because of the pandemic. A musician myself, I knew how important music is for learning, creativity, and well-being, and I wanted to use one of my passions to make a difference. Today, our focus has expanded to include all the humanities, arts, social sciences, and technology (HASST). Our team of 120+ volunteers from 59 schools across 13 states offers free programming to disadvantaged students, puts on community performances at senior centers across the U.S., and has partnered with established organizations such as the Carver Foundation and Girls Who Code to bring our services to the students who need them most. When we expanded our focus from music to include other subjects, we chose to include the humanities, arts, social sciences, and technology (HASST) because these fields are essential to a well-rounded education. First, we observed that while there has been an effort to make STEM opportunities more accessible in recent years, there was a deficit of HASST opportunities for many students, especially those from historically marginalized groups and low-income backgrounds. Second, we recognized that HASST subjects provide timeless skills that are necessary for everyone. By exploring the humanities and social sciences, students gain an understanding of human behavior and community dynamics, experience and appreciate diverse perspectives, and gain the ability to navigate complex situations and think of innovative solutions. The arts foster creativity and self-expression, and technology is a critical medium for expression in an increasingly digital world. Third, HASST subjects are growing increasingly valuable as the world moves towards greater levels of automation and AI. As machines take over simple or computational tasks, the value of creativity, innovation, and outside-the-box thinking will only continue to increase. As technology continues to increase the diversity and interconnectedness of the world, it will be important for students to truly become global citizens who are able to collaborate with people who have different values, cultures, and backgrounds. At BeHASSTic, we believe that education is not just about acquiring knowledge, but about empowering individuals to take responsibility and become leaders. That’s why collaboration and teamwork is such a big part of our culture and our programs. All of our classes are conversation-based. Students take part and engage in each lesson, both with the teacher and the other students, developing strong communication and interpersonal skills. Many of our students become BeHASSTic volunteers after taking classes, eager to share their passion and knowledge with other students. Volunteers keep in constant communication, working together on team projects, and helping to train and mentor less-experienced volunteers. Every volunteer attends a weekly meeting with their team leader, where they receive feedback on their participation, brainstorm ways to expand their department, and improve and optimize day-to-day operations. Many volunteers become leaders, moving up and taking on more responsibility within the organization. In fact, since BeHASSTic’s inception, over 25 of our volunteers have become team leaders, program managers, or department directors. By offering our students and volunteers these opportunities for growth, we hope to inspire and equip them with the necessary skills to become positive change-makers and leaders in their own communities now and in the future. One of our biggest goals at BeHASSTic is to make our programs free and accessible to everyone, especially students from underserved populations who might not have the chance to explore HASST subjects on their own. That’s why we have reached out to local organizations with a strong presence in underserved populations, creating awareness about our free programs and offering to come on-site regularly and teach students about HASST subjects. So far, we have partnered with The Carver Foundation and MoCA - Westport, who provide educational and cultural programs to low-income children and families in Connecticut. Our teams visit the Carver Center every week and MoCA once a week in the summer, teaching about a diverse set of HASST topics, from music, to languages, to coding, tailoring each of our programs to each specific age group, ranging from grades K-12. Each activity is interactive, in hopes that it will spark a continued curiosity in each topic we cover. I encourage you to explore our website for more information about our programs, resources, workshops, and events. If you have any questions or feedback, do not hesitate to reach out through social media or contact us at email@example.com. We are excited to hear from you and look forward to seeing you in our classes. Together, we can shape a world where every individual is empowered to be an active and engaged citizen, creating positive change in their communities.
Economics, Public Policy, and Technology
Beatrice Low and Joylyn Wei organize a series of workshops with the aim of raising awareness about economics, public policy, and the role of technology in the contemporary world. These workshops provide a platform for professionals to share their insights and knowledge, expanding our learning and connecting us to the real world.
Westport Center for Senior Activities
Dear Beatrice Low and fellow music students,
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for your wonderful performance at the Westport Senior Center on July 24th. Your musical talents and enthusiasm brought joy and delight to our members and staff. We appreciate your generosity and dedication in sharing your gift of music with us.
Thank you for brightening our day and making a difference in our community. We hope to have you back again soon.
Beatrice began serving as a volunteer during Carver Summer Camp in 2021. She led a group of volunteers from her non-profit (BeHaSSTic Inc.) to offer programs each Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. presenting a variety of enrichment activities. They all bring in energy and enthusiasm that motivate the students. Parents and Carver staff look forward to Beatrice and her group returning each week. Beatrice's impact on the Carver students and staff demonstrates her excellent leadership.
Head of Educational Development
We deeply appreciate the support of BeHASSTic, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of passionate volunteers who strive to provide equal learning opportunities to everyone in our communities. The organization has provided MoCA Westport with stellar volunteers for our concerts and community events.
On the eve of Thanksgiving, I want to give a big thank you to a girl named Beatrice Low. During the epidemic, she created BeHASSTic, a volunteer website community, to help homeschooling and young children learn music theory, humanities and social science for free. The kids have made great progress. She also donates the textbooks she has learned to children in need and my children are very lucky to have her generous help. Thank you very much!