We Offer a Variety of Exciting Volunteer Opportunities
 
Our volunteers help young people connect classroom learning to real-life experiences. To help volunteers excel in their service roles, we provide ongoing orientation, training, and support throughout their assignments. We also inform our volunteers of networking opportunities and honor them through recognition award events.
 
We offer the following four principal volunteer positions at our local program offices. Contact a local program office to find out about additional opportunities (select the program office from the pull-down menu on the right). 

Business Plan Coach
Commitment: 3–4 months for approx. 4 hours per session 

The business plan coach advises students on how to improve their business plans. Through one-on-one and small-group sessions in 
a NFTE classroom or community-based organization setting, the coach assists students with developing their ideas fully, focusing on the areas they have difficulty understanding or articulating, and helping them to present their ideas before an audience and a panel of judges.

Business Plan Competition Judge
Commitment: 1 day for approx. 3 hours

The culminating event of every NFTE program is a competition. Through this opportunity, students present their business plans before an audience and a panel of volunteer judges. Judges listen, ask questions, and evaluate each presentation. Judges are entrepreneurs and business professionals, who offer students a realistic perspective of their business plans. Judges are needed for individual classroom competitions, and citywide and regional competitions across the country.

Field Trip Host
Commitment: 1 day for approx. 6 hours

One of the best ways to expose young people to business concepts is to have them visit an actual business and meet the actual people who make it happen. Field trips give students the chance to observe practitioners in job functions such as finance, human resources, marketing, and sales. The visits can be to the volunteer’s company or to the business of a local entrepreneur (e.g., neighborhood restaurant owner or merchant). Field trips are a terrific opportunity for young people to learn about different professions and the challenges and rewards of the workplace.

Guest Speaker
Commitment: 1 day for approx. 3 hours

Guest speakers provide direct service to students primarily in a NFTE classroom or group setting. The guest speaker facilitates a 45-minute to 1-hour lesson or presents a topic to complement the NFTE curriculum. As business professionals and entrepreneurs, guest speakers add dimension to our students’ learning by offering fresh perspectives, which connect the textbook to real-life business experiences.