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Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

NFTE, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, provides entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities to enhance their economic productivity by improving their business, academic and life skills.

NFTE programs teach entrepreneurship using curriculum that corresponds to high school reading levels and complexity. The curriculum may be used in a semester-long or year-long stand alone entrepreneurship elective course, in an after school setting, or integrated with economics, marketing, or other academic courses.

Founded in New York City in 1987 by Steve Mariotti, a former entrepreneur turned high school math teacher in the South Bronx, NFTE began as a program to prevent dropouts and improve academic performance among students who were at risk of failing or quitting school. Combining his business background with his desire to teach at-risk students, Steve discovered that when young people from low-income communities are given the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, their innate "street smarts" can easily develop into "academic smarts" and "business smarts." Through entrepreneurship, young people discover that what they are learning in the classroom is relevant to the real world.

To date, NFTE has worked with nearly 450,000 young people from low-income communities in programs across the U.S. and around the world.

The following schools are currently offering NFTE programs and classes to their students:

Middle Schools:

  • Thomas Jefferson
    305 Griffith Ave
    Wasco, CA, 93280

High Schools:

    • Bullard High School
      5445 N. Palm
      Fresno, CA, 93704

    • Roosevelt High School
      4250 E. Tulare Street
      Fresno, CA, 93702

    • Fresno High School
      1839 Echo Ave
      Fresno CA, 93704

    • McLane High School
      2727 N. Cedar
      Fresno, CA, 93703

    • Carter G. Woodson
      3333 N. Bond Street
      Fresno, CA, 93726

    • W.E.B. Dubois
      1313 P. Street
      Fresno, CA, 93721

    • Lompoc High School
      515 W. College
      Lompoc, CA, 93436

    • Santa Ynez
      2975 Old Highway 246
      Santa Ynez, CA, 93460

    • C.A.R.T.
      2555 Clovis Ave.
      Clovis, CA 93612

    • Dos Pueblos High School
      7266 Alameda
      Goleta, CA 93117

    • Central East High School
      3535 N. Cornelia
      Fresno, CA 93726

    • Duncan High School
      4330 E. Garland
      Fresno, CA 93726

    • Lassen High School
      1110 Main Street
      Susanville, CA 96130

    • Chester Jr. Sr. High School
      612 First Street
      Chester, CA 96020

    • Greenville Jr. Sr. High School
      117 Grand Street
      Greenville, CA 95654

    • Reedley High School
      740 W. North Ave.
      Reedley, CA 93654

  • Orange Cove High School
    1700 S. Anchor Ave.
    Orange Cove, CA 93646
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Central California Young Entrepreneurs Conference

March 6, 2013

The CCYEC offers aspiring entrepreneurs, business & marketing students and any other student interested in catching the entrepreneurial spirit the opportunity to learn more about owning their own business and being successful in the entrepreneurial world. The CCYEC will offer breakout sessions presented by local young entrepreneurs on how to start and run your own business as well as motivating keynote presentations by two highly successful young business owners.

The morning keynote speaker, Jeet Banerjee, is the Co-Founder of StatFuse, an educational website dedicated to high school students who want to get into the college of their dreams. Through StatFuse, students can calculate their chances of getting accepted to various colleges, get college recommendations, plan college applications, track progress and much more. Jeet is currently publishing a book called "Profit from Passion, " which helps turn ideas into profitable businesses.

Students will then have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions presented by young entrepreneurs from the Central Valley who will share their stories on starting and running their own businesses. Session topics range from Social Media Marketing to Tips on Writing the Perfect Business Plan.

The CCYEC will conclude with lunch and a presentation from Dr. Farrah Gray, CEO of Farrah Gray Publishing, which is distributed by HCI Books — publishers of the world famous #1 New York Times, USA Today, Guinness Book of World Records and best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has sold more than 112 million copies. Dr. Gray will share his advice on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and his story of overcoming personal and professional hardships to become a self-made millionaire by the age of 14.