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.
|Title: Program Manager, NFTE New York Metro
At City Year, I became aware of the incredible value that outside organizations can add to severely under-resourced partner schools and, consequently, to the experience of students, teachers, school staff, and the surrounding community. We were able to provide students with additional academic support, school-wide events, after-school programming, community service projects, and mentorship that they would not have had otherwise.
Similarly, NFTE provides students taking part in its programs with a knowledge and skill base that will increase students’ entrepreneurial mindset, career outlook, creative thinking, and confidence. Those students that excel in the core NFTE program have opportunities to present their business ideas in front of panels, to meet CEOs of large corporations, and to potentially receive funding from investors. These are all life changing experiences– not normally present in public education–made possible by NFTE’s dedicated team members. My interest in economics (my major in college) and experience at City Year, coupled with my passion for education and desire to close the achievement gap, make becoming a part of NFTE a truly exciting opportunity!