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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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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.

From the book – I SAID YES: Real Life Stories of Students, Teachers and Leaders Saying YES! To Youth Entrepreneurship in America’s Schools (www.amazon.com)

TEN SUGGESTED CONCEPTS EVERY YOUTH SHOULD LEARN

ABOUT BUSINESS BEFORE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL

(we want to hear from you on what YOU feel kids should know– see below– please weigh in)

Teaching the free enterprise system and encouraging children to start businesses and create wealth are powerful tools that promote independence and self-sufficiency. Over the past 16 years, I have seen countless examples of how teaching entrepreneurship brings the so-called 3 Rs (reading, writing, and arithmetic) to life for youth. I actually believe that entrepreneurship is educational freedom and it connects to everything young people are learning in school. It’s a practical lifeskill.

I taught a young man in 1994 who learned to do math by selling T-shirts and another young woman learned to read by selling Avon products. Mathematics is incorporated into almost every lesson plan NFTE (the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship) uses, including the Economics of One Unit, Return on Investment, Income Statement, Rule of 72 and many others. When our students meet business leaders, they write thank you notes and use a dictionary to check their spelling. They also learn to write contracts-a crucial business skill-and often begin reading authors like Steve Covey and Reginald Lewis to refine their skills. Public speaking is also reinforced when each young person participates in a mock sales call and sells to the general public through a NFTE field trip to a local wholesaler followed by a youth trade showcase.

But let’s take a deeper look at the life skills of entrepreneurship. These are the 10 concepts we believe every young person should learn about before they graduate from high school.

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The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Inc.

Office of Government Affairs

The Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy Group (YES Group)

1990 M Street, Suite 740 NW Washington DC 20036

T: 202-215-6383 or 212-232-3333 ext 331 × F: 212-232-2244

Email: julie.kantor@nfte.com × http://www.aspeninstitute.org/yesg

TOP LEADERS ARE SAYING YES! TO YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION IN AMERICA’S SCHOOLS


What Students and Teachers are Saying… (as of 1/09)

My Dream is Not to Die in Poverty, But to Have Poverty Die in Me.

– Michelle Araujo,President

A’La Mode Fashions., NFTE alumna


I realized that I had goals and plans for my future. I realized that I wasn’t going to let anyone or anything get in the way of my dreams. Entrepreneurship is no longer a hidden talent of mine, but is my reality. Now I’m on my way to studying business in college.

– Braulio Salas, CEO & President

Virtual Art Gallery, Inc.


I a sixteen year-old junior at the Marymount School in New York. I used to associate entrepreneurship with “Wall Street Types,” those men and women in great suits who seemed to be the brains behind the world’s newest and most innovative products and services. Through my entrepreneurship class in Summer 2007 sponsored by Goldman Sachs at Prep for Prep, I began to grasp a true understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur. I was right, initially, to believe that entrepreneurs were the harbingers of skillful innovation. They are not, however, concentrated only in the Wall Street area but instead are from all over, and come from various walks of life. The local delis and supermarkets, that chic boutique that has all this season’s “must-haves”, and even the hot-dog cart on the street are all entrepreneurial enterprises. Sooner or later, I knew I was going to join that group.

-Gabrielle Green, President

Longevi-Teas™


What Government Leaders are Saying… (more…)