A note to my ‘Youth Entrepreneurship in America!’ Blog readers,

I get weekly requests now from media and educational leaders to understand the field of youth entrepreneurship education. I am not surprised, there is a lot happening and with unemployment hovering at 10% and a growing epidemic of high school dropouts (1:2 minority youth), we really need programs to engage youth with RELEVANT AND REAL LIFE SKILLS in our schools.

From a recent White House Report (not yet released), to the World Economic Forum paper, to an Aspen Institute Publication and NFTE research– I hope these links will help you in your journey to better understand our field and to help youth find their PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY.

The best Powerpoint presentation that I have ever seen is ‘Shift Happens,’ (on slideshare– over a million viewers) because it tells a story, its fascinating, and the graphics by my new friend Jeff Brenman are stunning… Most importantly, my ADD brain took it all in and I really learned something and wanted to share it with everyone I knew/know… so being my entrepreneurial self I begged Jeff to help me create a visual slideshow to share the importance of youth entrepreneurship education in America and explain NFTE in a fun and entertaining style (see Tanya’s Story… its a true story of one of our DC youth… and her story, to me represents thousands of youth … see link below).

If you have suggestions or other links I should really add — let me know. Write me anytime. Connect on Facebook or follow me and ‘Retweet’ on Twitter. I plan to update this document monthly and send related information out on NFTE and our field… weekly!

In Entrepreneurial Spirit,

Julie Kantor

National Vice President

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Washington Office (DC Programs and Government Affairs)




Keeping You Connected and in the Know (updated 1-10)

HOT OFF THE PRESS: State of Entrepreneurship Conference – National Press Club, January 2010 http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/entrepreneurs-expect-to-limit-hiring-in-2010-according-to-new-kauffman-foundation-poll.aspx

” — in this time of great economic difficulty — is concerned above all else with creating more jobs for Americans…and there is simply no better vehicle for job creation than fostering entrepreneurship.,” Secretary of Commerce, Locke, January 2010. Entrepreneurs create approximately three million jobs a year.”



NFTE’s official website is www.nfte.com

1] Ten9EIGHT- Shoot for the Moon – POWERFUL Movie in AMC Theatres this past Fall and will air upcoming on BET February 7th at 12:00pm featuring 25 NFTE Students by famous producer Mary Mazzio of 50 Eggs Productions: http://www.ten9eight.com/ – Movie premiered at Aspen Ideas Festival- July 1, 2009 and is profiled on the front page of the Aspen site http://www.aifestival.org/ . The movie will be introduced by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. JOIN Facebook ‘fan’ site for movie- http://www.facebook.com/pages/TEN9EIGHT/70261978797?ref=ts

2] Tanya’s Story — Powerful New Presentation- Youth Entrepreneurship in America

http://www.slideshare.net/Juliek/tanyas-story-youth-entrepreneurship-in-america-nfte-presentation-4-20-09 Site becoming an internet sensation with over 8,000 Slideshare viewers and through viral marketing to explore impact of youth entrepreneurship education with Obama and Duncan quotes (Four students– each receiving $50 and how they invested their money…)

3] USA TODAY ARTICLE – http://www.usatoday.com/money/smallbusiness/2009-05-18-teen-entrepreneurs-start-businesses_N.htm Cover story in Money section on youth creating their own jobs in this tight labor market

4] NFTE IMPACT – http://www.nfte.com/impact/ Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) has engaged in extensive research efforts with more underway to study ourselves and assess impact.

5] MAJOR REPORT – released in May by the World Economic Forum “Educating the Next Wave of Entrepreneurs” http://www.weforum.org/en/index.htm or http://www.weforum.org/pdf/GEI/2009/Entrepreneurship_Education_Report.pdf – NFTE wrote the youth chapter.

The World Economic Forum’s Educating the Next Wave of Entrepreneurs report issues a call to action to catalyse entrepreneurship globally through education
Issued by the Forum’s Global Education Initiative, • the report aims to raise awareness of the importance of entrepreneurship education in unlocking entrepreneurial capabilities to meet the global challenges of the 21st century

“Entrepreneurship education is crucial in restarting the economy in this time of economic crisis”-

Alex Wong, Head of Global Education Initiative, World Economic Forum .

6] NFTE Greater Washington & Government Affairs Social Media Links

Facebook: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/41989/10828793?m=9483ecc8

7] Aspen Institute’s Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy Group (YES Group)

http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/youth-entrepreneurship-strategy-group – links to key publications and membership “Youth Entrepreneurship in America – Policymakers Action Guide” (if trouble finding after 1-2010 — contact juliek@nfte.com). The group has now become the Youth Entrepreneurship Alliance… details can now be found at www.entre-ed.org under the Consortium of Entrepreneurship Education.

8] INSPIRING BOOK! I SAID YES! Real Life Stories of Students, Teachers and Leaders Saying YES! to Entrepreneurship in America’s Schools by Julie Kantor – http://www.amazon.com/Stories-Students-Teachers-Entrepreneurship-Americas/dp/0976582368/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264091239&sr=8-1

Julie Kantor’s Blog on Youth Entrepreneurship in America! : https://youthentrepreneurshiplady.wordpress.com/

Twitter: Follow “@NFTEJuliek” to stay in the know… or find me on Facebook for daily/weekly updates.


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