President and CEO

Shawn K. Osborne

Today, Shawn is applying his personal experience to his passion for entrepreneurship and a professional record of business success as President and CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) – which teaches the entrepreneurial mindset to young people and provides the tools and attitudes to overcome adversity and address future personal, economic, community and global challenges.

Our Programs

The NFTE Difference

NFTE works with students low-income communities across the country and around the world, which are often plagued by crime, violence and high dropout rates.  In the United States, we target communities in which at least 50% of students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.

January 17, 2014  |  8 comments

NFTE Fairchester (Fairfield County CT & Westchester County NY) students in PortChester High School enjoy a special partnership with the business professionals at MasterCard, whose corporate headquarters is a mere five minutes down the road from their school. MasterCard and PortChester High School are partnered through the NFTE Adopt-a-School program, now in its second year.

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25th Anniversary Gala


25 Years of Inspiration - NFTE's Dare to Dream Gala

What a wonderful night! Thanks to all who helped to make it happen!

Elaborate Dips

Since she was a little girl, Stephanie Foxworth has dreamed of owning multiple businesses. One of her most ambitious plans involved building an amusement park. When that proved a bit beyond the parameters of the NFTE BizCamp she was taking, she focused on one component of it: making and selling chocolate covered apples.

Global Young Entrepreneurs of 2013

NFTE is proud to honor the
Global Young Entrepreneurs
March 8, 2013  |  37 comments

By Victor Salama

I’m excited to attend the Global Education and Skills Forum March 13-15th in Dubai and participate in a panel on entrepreneurship education and school reform. Hosted by GEMS Education, the conference is a great opportunity to meet and learn from leading international experts from education ministries, youth service agencies and global school management networks.

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January 25, 2013  |  6 comments

Queen Rania:

“Education = Opportunity. The opportunity to work. The opportunity to escape poverty. The opportunity to live healthily. The opportunity to live confidently. The opportunity to hope. I believe you deserve an education. Whoever you are. It's your right.”

By Amy Rosen
NFTE President & CEO

I feel a strong sense of optimism as I continue to participate in meetings and events, and talk with people spontaneously in and out of the Congress Centre. A growing group of business and government leaders, social entrepreneurs and journalists are coming to the conclusion that we must act NOW and together to find solutions that offer hope to the growing global army of unemployed youth. Driven by economic interests and/or moral callings, I sense that urgency is suddenly entering the discussion.  Add 75 million current unemployed youth with the 200+ million that today make less than $2.00 per day and suddenly, we are facing a cold reality. 35% of young people under 27 are turning more and more towards hopelessness.

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January 23, 2013  |  139 comments

By Amy Rosen
NFTE President & CEO

Here at the World Economic Forum, it is clear that big issues like how to jumpstart the economy, the need to foster small business development as an engine of job creation, and preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s skilled workforce but smarter, better, entrepreneurial are on the minds of all CEOs and corporate leaders.

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