Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Chicago
Entrepreneur turned high-school math teacher Steve Mariotti made an interesting discovery when he started teaching in the South Bronx in the '80s. When students from low-income communities were given the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, they could often easily translate their street smarts to business smarts. Inspired by this realization, and eager to help students at risk of failing or dropping out of school, Mariotti founded the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).
Since its inception in 1987, NFTE has worked with more than 500,000 young people, providing hands-on learning programs that inspire youth from low-income communities to stay in school and discover new opportunities. Entrepreneurship education strengthens foundational skills such as reading, writing, and math, and also equips these students with the necessary tools and knowledge to start businesses in the future or be better prepared to fill existing jobs. NFTE programs are held in cities across the country, including Chicago, the DC region, and Baltimore.
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