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 To recharge, I often reflect on the words, “My dream is not to die in poverty, but to have poverty die in me.” Those are the words of Michelle Araujo, then a teen entrepreneur who I met 19 years ago on my first week volunteering for a nonprofit called NFTE. Michelle is one of thousands of students who have learned that they don’t have to simply take a job, they can make a job!  Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (www.nfte.com) continues to be widely viewed as a world leader in promoting entrepreneurial and financial literacy among youth.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said : “Not every young person wants to work for a big business so we need a systemic approach to teach them entrepreneurship. NFTE has the best program in the country.” As you know, entrepreneurship education, if done right, impacts students’ basic academic and life skills through a hands-on program and curriculum (think Mini MBA) that enlivens math, reading and writing, and develops skills in critical thinking, teamwork, communication and decision-making. 

 I have been thinking a lot about the DC job market, where pockets of our city have upwards of 30% unemployment and 91% of our local students don’t graduate from college! 72% of jobs according to Georgetown University, require a college education so we recruit from outside the ‘best and brightest’.

But what about our own local kids? Entrepreneurship education can truly transform how we approach talent development. It is based on the premise of meeting needs in the neighborhood and local community, which makes it an effective response to regional economic shocks we are experiencing.

Entrepreneurship training prepares youth to create jobs and become superior employee candidates with a winning entrepreneurial mindset. We need to prepare the youth of our nation’s capital to become economically self-sufficient by giving them options and training to take charge of their lives and their futures. Youth entrepreneurship keeps them engaged in high school and often inspires them to pursue a college degree.

Since 1995, we have served over 24,000 students in DC, Maryland and Virginia public and charter schools, and this year we will work with an additional 1,000 students at 25 area schools. We also have created nationally a community college curriculum (Pearsons Publishing) to expand our mission to another underserved population. This field needs to scale so that every low-income child in our region has the tools to build their own exit strategy from poverty!

Career readiness has often been marginalized at best, if we can tie this work more to academic outcomes, perhaps its the time to make it front and center!

Julie Silard Kantor Executive Director Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, DC Region (juliek@nfte.com)

I SAID YES- Youth Entrepreneurship in America’s Schools by Julie Silard Kantor (Gazelles Publishing) is now available on Amazon KINDLE and as a paperback edition at http://amzn.to/zecvjr

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KEEPING YOU IN THE KNOW… ,

I now receive 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 on page 2 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

Julie Kantor, National Vice President

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

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YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION

JULIE’S FAVORITE NINE LINKS TO UNDERSTAND NFTE, OUR FIELD AND MORE…
(updated 1-10)

 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.”

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 . www.daretodreamdc.org for information on the April 28th Dare to Dream Gala in Washington DC.

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

9] Survey of the States 2009: The State of Economic, Financial and Entrepreneurship Education in our Nation’s Schools by the Council for Economic Education http://www.councilforeconed.org/about/survey2009/ADDITIONAL WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED… JOIN THE NFTE CAUSE ON FACEBOOK AND STAY IN THE LOOP WITH EVENTS AND NEWS UPDATES :

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

NFTE’s official website is www.nfte.com

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.

About  Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is an international nonprofit organization that teaches young people from low-income communities to think like entrepreneurs, so they can take control of their futures. Founded in 1987 by Steve Mariotti, a former New York City public school teacher, it originally began as a dropout prevention and academic performance improvement program for students who were at risk of failing or quitting school. Today, NFTE has grown into a comprehensive business education program in 22 states and 12 countries with more than 280,000 graduates and more than 1,500 NFTE-certified entrepreneurship teachers. (www.nfte.com)

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clubs and school-based book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, television networks and the Company’s Internet Site, http://www.scholastic.com. 

 

Mary Mazzio, an award-winning director, is Founder and CEO of 50 Eggs LLC, an independent film production company. Mary wrote, directed and produced the highly acclaimed award-winning films, 

 

 

Lemonade Stories, Apple Pie, A Hero for Daisy and she recently completed we are BlackRock. A Hero for Daisy was hailed by The New York Times as a “landmark film;” “fantastic” by Sports Illustrated; “remarkable” by NPR; aired nationwide on ESPN, Oxygen, and WTSN-Canada; and is in thousands of classrooms across the country. Apple Pie aired nationwide on ESPN to critical acclaim, and was called “illuminating – told with deftness and emotion… priceless” by The New York Times; “heartwarming” by Los Angeles Times; “fantastic”- NPR, and “excellent” – CNN. Lemonade Stories, which aired nationwide on CNNfn (and which aired nationwide in Latin America, the UK, Israel, the Middle East, New Zealand, and Hong Kong), was the subject of cover stories by USA Today (complete with a trailer and photos on USA Today’s splash page), Forbes.com, The Christian Science Monitor, ABC News.com, as well as featured on NPR, Bloomberg Radio, and in Fast Company

.Mazzio, an Olympic athlete (1992-Rowing), is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Georgetown Law School, and was formerly a partner with the law firm of Brown Rudnick in Boston, MA. She has served on a number of Boards of Directors including the Shackleton Schools (which serve high school students in danger of failing in traditional high schools), and Sojourner House (a homeless shelter). She resides in Massachusetts with her husband, Jay Manson, and two children. (www.50eggs.com) 

 

About the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship  

 

(NFTE) is an international nonprofit organization that teaches young people from low-income communities to think like entrepreneurs, so they can take control of their futures. Founded in 1987 by Steve Mariotti, a former New York City public school teacher, it originally began as a dropout prevention and academic performance improvement program for students who were at risk of failing or quitting school. Today, NFTE has grown into a comprehensive business education program in 22 states and 12 countries with more than 280,000 graduates and more than 1,500 NFTE-certified entrepreneurship teachers. (www.nfte.com)

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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)

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YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION–

JULIE’S FAVORITE SEVEN LINKS TO UNDERSTAND THE FIELD AND MORE…

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.”

JOIN THE NFTE CAUSE ON FACEBOOK AND STAY IN THE LOOP WITH EVENTS AND NEWS UPDATES :

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

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.

Part of the Solution… in response to White House Conference on Jobs and the Economy

Youth Entrepreneurship Education: An Essential Tool in Preparing Our 21st Century Workforce

Youth entrepreneurship enables young people to forge their own unique path to success and feel a sense of ownership in their lives. Michelle Araujo, a young entrepreneur who owns A La Mode Fashions, said it best: “My dream is not to die in poverty, but to have poverty die in me.” Entrepreneurship education gave her an exit strategy from poverty and honed her skills to compete in today’s economy.

While most budding entrepreneurs have no choice but to develop their business skills by trial and error, there is strong evidence indicating that an organized approach to teaching entrepreneurship to at-risk youth can dramatically increase their interest in college and occupational aspirations. At Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) we take this evidence seriously and have created programs to teach entrepreneurship skills to middle school and high school students, providing them with both the skills and motivation to stay in school and become productive participants in today’s economy.

The entrepreneurship model NFTE presents to 11- 20 year old youth trains them to observe their surroundings and identify unmet needs in their communities. We then work to inspire them to find creative ways to meet those needs by offering goods and services in the marketplace. Along the way, they learn to develop business plans, calculate return on investment, order raw materials, create a product or service and market it effectively. Most importantly though, young people in our program learn the skills and knowledge to take control of their economic futures and the futures of their families.

Entrepreneurship education can truly transform how we approach talent development. It is based on the premise of meeting needs in the neighborhood and local community, which makes it an effective response to regional economic shocks. Whether or not students end up running their own businesses long term or working for someone else, they gain an appreciation for the value of ‘real life’ learning that keeps them engaged in high school and often inspires them to pursue a college degree. NFTE’s approach embodies the concept of fostering applied learning and pathways to graduation and post secondary opportunities.

Incorporating entrepreneurship training into the curricula of Title I institutions across the country would benefit America’s communities both by contributing to local economic development and by providing the means for low-income youths to develop skills that will significantly increase their employability after high school. Currently only 50,000 American youth from low-income communities have access to Youth Entrepreneurship Education. We recommend that policymakers scale this movement on a city, state and national level.

Entrepreneurship training prepares youth to create jobs and become superior employee candidates with a winning entrepreneurial mindset. We need to prepare our nation’s youth to become economically self-sufficient by giving them options and training to take charge of their lives and their futures.

By Julie Silard Kantor, Vice President,
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Juliek@nfte.com
(NFTE Washington Office) – http://www.nfte.com

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Looking to Entrepreneurship Education During the Economic Crisis

By Julie Silard Kantor, Vice President,

The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship

(NFTE Washington Office)

As the whirlwind of news surrounding the vast global economic crisis continues, I stopped to reflect on why providing an entrepreneurship education to low-incomes youth – the primary cause of our Foundation – matters so much, especially at this time.

Obviously, this is an important contemporary civil rights issue. Power and influence in our country is granted to those who own – own their own land, their own houses, and their own businesses. Yet interestingly enough, we teach our students to be employees and not business owners. Many high schools have job placement programs to help their students, but rarely do we see the possibility of entrepreneurship presented as an option. Many also fail to see the correlation between the health of the economy and the people who have a vested interest in its health: entrepreneurs.

Of equal importance is the simple fact that our country’s 1.2 million dropouts costs over $329 billion in lost wages annually, according to Bob Wise,[1] who spoke to the YES Group at the Aspen Institute’s Wye Center, where additional compelling research was presented by Robert Balfanz of the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University about high school dropouts.

The decision to drop out is a one-million-dollar decision in lost wages for each child who makes it. Further, 90 percent of the fastest-growing employment categories in America require a college degree – and our kids won’t be able to compete. Then, even more jobs will have to go overseas. In addition to Balfanz’s eye-opening research, I encourage you to read John Bridgeland’s “The Silent Epidemic.”[2] In this research, Bridgeland interviewed high school dropouts and asked them why they dropped out of school:

81% said they would not have if the subjects were more relevant to real life.

Teaching children how to make it financially (and we are strong proponents of the growing financial literacy movement), how to own their futures as economically productive members of society, is both real life and relevant. Getting business leaders into classrooms to share their expertise and optimism is key. Youth entrepreneurship engages young people and gives them a good reason to go to school. The drug war taught kids to say No to drugs. Starting a legal enterprise is a concept our young people can say yes to.

In a 2006 survey by Junior Achievement 71% of middle and high school students wanted to be self-employed at some point, up from 64% in 2004. In 2006, the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) released a critical report calling for a major overhaul of the country’s educational system. A report titled “Tough Choices, Tough Times,” written by YESG’s Vice Chairman, Thomas Payzant, highlights the link between education and the economy and provides policy recommendations for America’s schools.

General Colin Powell recently spoke at an event for America’s Promise that I attended to kick off the Drop-Out Summits that will be taking place in 50 cities — to bring national awareness to this epidemic. As General Powell notes, the dropout crisis impacts our economy and even our national security. We cannot remain a world superpower if we do not give our children the resources they need to succeed.

Adding to this argument is research by the Harvard Graduate School of Education has found that students, having taken a 50-plus-hour entrepreneurial course show:

  • increased interest in attending college and heightened career aspirations
  • increased feeling of control over their lives
  • increased leadership behaviors

NFTE findings further indicate that these entrepreneurial courses:

  • increase engagement in school
  • increase students’ sense of connection with adults in business and the community
  • increase independent reading
  • Increase business and entrepreneurial knowledge

Balfanz maintains that youth entrepreneurship is:

  • a reason for kids to come to school
  • an avenue for short-term success
  • a help in providing a clear pathway to adult success
  • a way to develop neighborhood assets

Many years ago, a NFTE graduate and business owner, Michelle Araujo, summed it up:

My dream is not to die in poverty, but to have poverty die in me!

We need to fast-track our work so we reach these kids and not lose another generation of students before we can teach them to fuel their dreams and have belief in their own potential. This in turn will reward our country handsomely, not only with a more educated workforce, but one that adds to and nurtures our economy’s health – because it impacts their own.

We can’t afford to let 1.2 million kids fail annually.


[1] President of the Alliance for Excellent Education.

[2] John M. Bridgeland, et al., The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts. A report issued in association with Peter D. Hart Research Association for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington, DC: Civic Enterprises, March 2006.

“Entrepreneurship training provides at-risk youth an opportunity to learn how to function

in the marketplace and strengthen their community’s economy. High quality entrepreneurship

training can help ensure a better quality of life for individual entrepreneurs and their communities as a whole,”

– House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller.

“Entrepreneurship education is good for kids because it’s not just about running a business it’s also about running yourlife. The entrepreneurship side is a plus. The future depends on our generation and if we all learned how to run our own business then we would be able to live in a fully functional community. The mere fact that a kid knows about entrepreneurship is a plus in the job field. Society is split into two sections; those that work for themselves and those that work for others. In learning entrepreneurship you learn how to do both so you can work for yourself and work for others and are ahead of the curve.”

– Fantashia Stevens, Youth Entrepreneur

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