Welcome to NFTE Philadelphia’s Volunteer Homepage
We deliver entrepreneurial programming to 19 high schools and two middle schools in metropolitan Philadelphia in the neighborhoods of Northeast Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, Center City, South Philadelphia, and West Philadelphia. We also have schools in Camden, NJ, and Newark, DE.
Our volunteers provide valuable experiences and personal stories, and are business mentors to our students. Our volunteer-guided field trips to local businesses and class visits from businesspersons help students to connect their classroom learning to the world around them. Our volunteers’ efforts have a direct and lasting influence on the personal and professional successes of our young people.
By lending your talent and time, you can present new perspectives on the NFTE curricula to students. We have several exciting volunteer opportunities available that range from one-hour, one-day classroom options to ongoing, multiple-days support roles.
If you are interested in signing up to become a volunteer for NFTE Philadelphia, complete the online volunteer application. You can also call us at 215-204-5989 for more information.
Our program model
Our program model is classroom-based with entrepreneurship curricula that teach math and literacy skills in the context of developing a business plan. Programs are rigorous, experiential, and vital to students’ futures, and volunteers from local businesses share their expertise in our classrooms.
Our program model is innovative and relevant, and it inspires students. It teaches them 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.
At the end of the course, students have a chance to compete for seed money through a series of business plan competitions that progress from their classroom, to regionals, to NFTE’s national competition held in New York City.
Our student participants
Our students come from low-income communities throughout the nation, which are often rife with crime, violence, and high drop-out rates. However, our entrepreneurship education program gives students hope and helps them improve their lives. We motivate students to stay in school and learn. When students realize how math, reading, and communication skills can make or break their own entrepreneurial venture, their vision of the world changes. They learn to recognize the opportunities for success all around them.