May 7, 2013  |  745 comments

By Josh Flanders, NFTE South Florida Development Director

The statistics are staggering: there is a 16.2 % unemployment rate for American youth (ages 16-24), more than twice the national rate of unemployment. Even when young people stay in school, they face mounting debt and dwindling job opportunities. This is where NFTE comes in.

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South Florida Youth BizPlan Challenge


NFTE South Florida Youth Bizplan Challenge
Tuesday, May 21 2013
University of Miami School of Business
5250 University Drive, Storer Auditorium

All year, NFTE students have been writing and preparing their business plans for their companies. Join us as the top middle and high schools students compete before a prestigious panel of judges and an audience of top industry and educational leaders. These students have each completed NFTE’s entrepreneurship curriculum and will be competing for a chance to move on to the National Competition in New York City.

Global Young Entrepreneurs of 2013

NFTE is proud to honor the
Global Young Entrepreneurs
February 19, 2013  |  425 comments

By Amy Rosen

I had a wonderful experience today helping chart the course for bringing financial literacy to all young Americans. I joined the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability in presenting our findings to President Obama.

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February 4, 2013  |  4 comments

My name is Jessica Cervantes and I am the founder of Popsy Cakes, the 2008 NFTE National award winning company. NFTE changed my life. They didn’t just teach me how to operate my own business, but they taught life skills. I am able to communicate with others and I can even stand and speak in front of an audience, and although I am still terribly nervous, I have conquered my fear of public speaking. NFTE has also in many ways funded my company and my education. I am now a senior at the University of Miami. I am a Microbiology major and hope to attend Med School in the Fall of 2014. My business is thriving, thanks to the help of many, notably Bill Hansen, Craig Edelmen, and Stewart Merkin. Popsy Cakes is now in over 50 locations including Miami International Airport and Bongos in Downtown Disney.  We are now expanding our company, looking for investors, and trying to meet our high demand.

My story began about 6 years ago when I was a junior at John A. Ferguson Senior High School.

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South Miami Basketball Academy

Andres Cardona excels at basketball. Unfortunately, his community offers few basketball leagues for young athletes, and personal training is too expensive for most families. With such limited options for kids to hone their basketball skills, Andres decided it was up to him to provide an affordable, quality alternative.

November 27, 2012  |  15 comments

Give Now

Today at 9:00 AM ET (Tuesday, November 27th) the Microsoft Giving Tuesday begins! This is your last chance to Double Your Impact and your gift to NFTE through the generosity of the people at Microsoft. Matches will be made up to $1,000 per donor, per project on the Give For Youth website, and funding is limited. 

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