The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) today launched MakeYourJob.org – a youth-focused website with free, game-like training and resources for young people to turn their interests into summer businesses. The platform is a key component of Pathways to Progress a three-year, $50 million commitment by the Citi Foundation to improve the career readiness of 100,000 low-income youth in the United States.
Young people between the ages of 14 and 19 who sign-up at MakeYourJob.org will be guided through a business launch simulation covering many of the basics of the successful NFTE classroom curriculum. In addition to the education and training on launching a summer business, winners of the online gaming business simulation can win up to $2,500.
“Young people learn life-long skills and priceless experience in summer jobs – opportunities which are becoming more and rarer, especially for minority and disadvantaged young people” said Amy Rosen, NFTE President and CEO. “Thanks to the generous investment of the Citi Foundation, we’ve been able to greatly expand our in-person summer entrepreneurship programs and the new MakeYourJob.org will expand the reach of these important programs exponentially.”
Through funding from the Citi Foundation, NFTE will increase the number of students who participate in their signature summer programs: Startup Summer and BizCamps in key cities across the U.S. MakeYourJob.org, an online youth community, will bring the power of entrepreneurship to tens of thousands of more students.