We work with schools in low-income communities where at least 50% of the students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. NFTE is targeting young people who are at risk of dropping out of school, and helping them graduate with their own personal plans for success.
Our program is:
Highly Academic - During a semester or year long class at school, a NFTE-certified teacher guides students through one of our curriculums: Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future  or Exploring Careers for the 21st Century . Lessons include the concepts of competitive advantage, ownership, opportunity recognition, marketing, finance, and product development - and all tie back to core math and literacy skills. Each student comes up with an idea for a business and works throughout the course to prepare a business plan which they present and defend to a panel of judges.
Fieldtrips, Games & Experiential Activities - NFTE brings learning to life through fun and experiential games including:
Volunteers - Giving students the opportunity to hear from and interact with real-world entrepreneurs and business leaders is essential to the NFTE experience. Our classes regularly have guest speakers. We pair students with coaches to work on their business plans, and our business plan competitions are judges by local entrepreneurs and business people. Find out more about becoming a volunteer .
Competition - Each young person who takes a NFTE class works toward completing a business plan, then goes on to present and defend it in a classroom competition. The winners of these competitions go on to compete in citywide or regional competitions, with the hopes of reaching our annual national competition .