Age 19, NFTE Alum
Founder of Phoenix Haven
Godfrey Phoenix is from the south side of Chicago, an area with one of the highest crime rates in the country. When asked to solve an unmet need in his community for his NFTE class, it was a no-brainer. He would create a nonprofit to provide a safe space for teens to go after school to play sports, video games, do homework, seek counseling and get a bite to eat—free of charge.
Godfrey’s been surprised by the connections he’s made so far, and he’s already reached out to the Board of Education and local CEOs for support. “I thought being an entrepreneur was far-fetched, but NFTE guided me to begin helping others.”
Godfrey now studies business at St. Louis University.