When reflecting on my NFTE experiences this week, I couldn’t help but entertain a few philosophical musings. Please indulge briefly, since I believe these highlight a unique facet of what we at NFTE do.
Despite all of the interconnectedness of our modern technological society, America is often a nation of fragmentation. It’s the 99% v. the 1%; Unions v. corporations; Democrats v. Republicans; race v. race; religion v. religion—the list goes on. Especially in a city as large as New York, it’s easy to forget that the 8 million people living here do collectively comprise a single community.
School bells are ringing, and NFTE is ready to help more young people develop an entrepreneurial mindset. This school year, two new members of NFTE’s New York Metro program office, Kate Materese and Carlos Mendoza, will blog about working with NFTE students and learning the NFTE way. Today, meet Carlos:
Hi, my name is Carlos Mendoza and I am excited to be part of the NFTE family! Prior to joining NFTE, I was a member of City Year New York from 2008-2012, where I had the opportunity to manage and coach diverse teams of AmeriCorps members in two Queens public middle schools—IS 126 and IS 204—around their work to improve their students’ attendance, behavior, and performance in English and math.
The role of technology in education has been frequently discussed over the past several months. Though the internet is already utilized in many educational settings, many believe that America is on the brink of an education revolution in which new digital platforms will transform our educational system.
During today’s White House Science Fair, President Obama recognized the work of NFTE and of Hayley Hoverter, winner of the 2011 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, presented by MasterCard Worldwide.
Ten hardworking NFTE South Florida students and their teacher met Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on January 26. Secretary Duncan honored the Miami Edison Senior High School students for winning NFTE’s World Series of Innovation with their businesses E*Prideand 300 Calories or Less.