NEW YORK – February 28, 2011 – Extreme Entrepreneurship Education Corp. has honored Steve Mariotti with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his vision and contributions to helping at-risk students achieve successful futures through entrepreneurship education. Mariotti was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Considered one of today’s leading experts in education for at-risk youth, Mariotti changed career paths in 1982 when he decided to move from the corporate sector and become a special education teacher in the New York City school system. While teaching in this hard-hitting environment for six years, Mariotti gained insight into how to successfully motivate his tough students – teaching them how to run businesses. His perceptions inspired him to create a program to bring entrepreneurship education to low-income youth, and in 1987, he founded NFTE to inspire young people from low-income communities to pursue educational opportunities, start their own businesses and succeed in life. Twenty-four years later, NFTE has reached over 330,000 young people since its founding and has programs in 21 states and 9 other countries.
“In today’s highly competitive global economy, we’re reminded of the importance of education and having the skills to create opportunities for ourselves to move forward. Steve’s passion for enabling young people to succeed through entrepreneurship education is a testament to the American dream that if you work hard and believe in your ideas, you can succeed in life,” said Amy Rosen, president and CEO of NFTE.
Mariotti is the recipient of numerous awards including an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Bernard A. Goldhirsh Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the National Director’s Entrepreneurship Award from the Minority Business Development