Xochitl Guzman, founder and operator of Create Awake, a Los Angeles based small business, has won the Steve Mariotti Venture Award Pitch Challenge from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).
By Brandee McHale, COO, Citi Foundation
Amy Rosen, President and CEO, NFTE
Whether your summer job was career-launching, fun or just different, it’s likely that the experience helped shape who you are today. Everyone who’s had one knows summer jobs are great opportunities to uncover or polish job skills, begin to build a network and maybe most important truly discover your passions and interests.
For many, a summer job is a gateway to a career. For others, they are a financial necessity.
During my trip to Japan earlier this month, I spoke to audiences about why the jobs outlook for young people is unlike anything we’ve seen before. And how learning to think and act like an entrepreneur was the key to future job creation both in terms of making your own job and employing others.
Alberto Carvalho, the schools chief in the Miami-Dade district in Florida, was named superintendent of the year on February 13 in Nashville. Carvalho has been Miami-Dade's schools chief since 2008, and an enthusiastic NFTE supporter throughout his tenure. Carvalho recently recorded a video endorsing the work of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, which you can watch below. Upon accepting the award, he recognized the teachers, school board, staff and community partners, stating that the award was an affirmation of the work they were doing.