With 31 schools and approximately 80 classes of NFTE being offered this school year in Chicago, we are confident that we can find a NFTE class that will fit your schedule and volunteer goals. Our active volunteer base provides valuable experiences, personal stories, and business mentors for our students. Class visits from local businesswomen and businessmen allow students to connect their classroom learning to the real world around them. By lending your talent and time, you can present new perspectives on the NFTE curriculum to students. Your efforts will have a direct and lasting influence on the personal and professional successes of our young people.
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The NFTE Program Model
Our program model is classroom-based with entrepreneurship curricula that teach math and literacy skills in the context of building a business plan. Programs are rigorous, experiential, and vital to students’ futures, and volunteers from local businesses share their expertise in our classrooms. At the end of the course, the students have a chance to compete for seed capital through a series of business plan competitions, from their classroom, to Chicago Citywide, to NFTE’s national competition held in New York City. Watch this video to get a peek inside NFTE Chicago!
Our NFTE Student Participants
Our students come from low-income communities in major cities across the country, which are often plagued by crime, violence, and high dropout rates. Conversely, NFTE instills hope and improves students’ lives through entrepreneurship education. We teach skills relevant to the real world, and motivate students to stay in school and learn. When they realize how math and reading and communication skills can make or break their own entrepreneurial venture, their vision of the world changes. NFTE’s innovative and relevant program courses inspire them to graduate, go to college, and embark on successful careers. They learn to recognize opportunities for success all around them. They graduate with the necessary presentation, leadership, and problem-solving skills for continuing their education and contributing to the economy by either running their own businesses or joining the workforce. The strong financial literacy skills that students learn help them to make and manage money. Specifically, in Chicago, students served range from ages 11-18 and are enrolled in local middle and high schools where they take the NFTE class as part of their daily school schedule.
Volunteering in Our Classrooms
We have several exciting volunteer opportunities available that range from one-hour, one-day classroom options to opportunities to work with a school or class on a more regular basis. We also work with many corporations and associations to create team volunteer opportunities for community outreach programs. To find the opportunity that interests you most, review the brief description of the volunteer positions here.
Get Involved Today!
If you are interested in signing up to become a volunteer for NFTE Chicago please email Erica Wheeler or call (773) 546-9339.