Welcome to NFTE DC Region’s Volunteer Homepage
We deliver entrepreneurship education to more than 1,000 students in 29 schools located in Washington, DC, Prince George’s County, MD, and Northern Virginia. We support an active group of 30 Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers (CETs) that teaches our flagship entrepreneurship program (grades 9–12) and Start It Up Math pilot program (grades 6–8).
Our volunteers collaborate with CETs and bring the curriculum to life for our students. They do so by sharing their business experience and working one-on-one with students to help develop their entrepreneurial mindset.
We are so grateful for each of our over 250 volunteers who work with our students, CETs, and program staff throughout the year. Our volunteers are diverse individuals—corporate executives at major national and international companies, entrepreneurs, young professionals, retired executives, and mid-level managers—who represent all aspects of business operations.
Our volunteers are enthusiastic about entrepreneurship and helping students define their pathway to prosperity. Volunteers work closely with our program manager, who guides them through orientation and all stages of the volunteer assignment. Volunteers learn to navigate NFTE’s online volunteer portal where they can find:
- Listings of volunteer opportunities posted regularly
- Guidelines for working with students and teachers at school sites
- Information about our programmatic model,
- Additional information to make the volunteer experience rewarding
Are you ready to join us as a volunteer? We hope you are. The process is clear and simple. Click the “new volunteer application” button and complete the application and necessary forms.
You can also find out more by attending one of our monthly Start It Up Morning meetings that we hold on the first Wednesday morning of every month. Please contact Amir Alhambra or Kara Johnson to RSVP or to get more information about volunteering.
Our program model
Our program model is a real-world, relevant, and engaging classroom-based curriculum. Through the development of an original business plan using a NFTE experiential approach, we engage students by imparting the fundamentals of entrepreneurship education. We help students realize that core school subjects are indeed relevant to the rest of their lives and can help them succeed.
Students learn throughout the year what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and the skills necessary to launch, manage, and grow their own business. They start at the very beginning with opportunity recognition, move into market research and business finances, and conclude by presenting and defending their original business plan.
Our student participants
Our students are enrolled in middle and high schools, and come from low-income communities in Washington, DC, Prince George’s County, MD, and Northern Virginia. We encourage students to stay in school and help them recognize business opportunities that create pathways to success.
Students gain tools for success and actively participate in the world of business and entrepreneurship, which leads to a revised vision they have of themselves and their future. Through our Start It Up Math pilot program, we use entrepreneurship education as the means to alleviate the anxiety that students in remedial math have about learning math and to increase students’ performance at their Common Core Standards grade levels.