With 31 schools and approximately 80 classes of NFTE being offered this school year in Chicago, we are confident that we can find a NFTE class that will fit your schedule and volunteer goals. Our active volunteer base provides valuable experiences, personal stories, and business mentors for our students. Class visits from local businesswomen and businessmen allow students to connect their classroom learning to the real world around them. By lending your talent and time, you can present new perspectives on the NFTE curriculum to students. Your efforts will have a direct and lasting influence on the personal and professional successes of our young people.
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Our program model is classroom-based with entrepreneurship curricula that teach math and literacy skills in the context of building a business plan. Programs are rigorous, experiential, and vital to students’ futures, and volunteers from local businesses share their expertise in our classrooms. At the end of the course, the students have a chance to compete for seed capital through a series of business plan competitions, from their classroom, to Chicago Citywide, to NFTE’s national competition held in New York City. Watch this video  to get a peek inside NFTE Chicago!
Our students come from low-income communities in major cities across the country, which are often plagued by crime, violence, and high dropout rates. Conversely, NFTE instills hope and improves students’ lives through entrepreneurship education. We teach skills relevant to the real world, and motivate students to stay in school and learn. When they realize how math and reading