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Donations help students at-risk for dropping out participate in hands-on entrepreneurial lessons to plan for successful futures

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The Issue: High-School-Dropout Rates

Each year, almost one-third of all public-high-school students fail to graduate, according to a report by Civic Enterprises for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Many of these students leave school with fewer than two years needed to graduate, and as a group, have higher rate of unemployment, poverty, imprisonment, and divorce than their peers that graduate. The study also reported that 81% of the 500 dropouts surveyed believe that offering more opportunities for real-world learning in school environments would improve the chances of students staying in school.

The Campaign: Teaching Hands-On Entrepreneurial Skills

If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Chicago (NFTE Chicago) can provide experiential-learning kits for 10 classrooms with nearly 500 students total. Each additional $50 raised will be used to provide another learning kit to an NFTE classroom.

NFTE partners with schools in low-income communities where at least half of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, working specifically with students at-risk of dropping out to help them graduate and plan for successful futures. Experiential learning kits supply the necessary materials to help bring entrepreneurial lessons to life through hands-on, engaging learning activities that supplement textbook reading and classroom lectures.

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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