Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Youth entrepreneurship program in Lowell.

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) provides entrepreneurship programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. To date, NFTE has worked with nearly 350,000 young people from low-income communities in programs across the U.S. and around the world.

NFTE is partnering with the Community Catalyst Program under the Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell to conduct “NFTE University.” This four day intensive training is designed to prepare these newly certified entrepreneurship educators to deliver fun, engaging and relevant entrepreneurship education to youth ages 12-18.

NFTE University, in part made possible by NFTE’s partnership with MasterCard, will be held from Monday, Aug. 8 through Thursday, Aug. 11:

Aug. 8-9 Aug. 10-11
Northern Essex Community UMass Lowell
45 Franklin St. Wannalancit Mills
Room L143 600 Suffolk St.
Lawrence East View Room, First Floor

NFTE will be training entrepreneurship educators at 12 non-profit organizations and educational institutions across Lowell and Lawrence, including Teach for America at Lawrence High School; the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence; CTI Small Business Assistance Center; Family Service Inc.; Greater Lawrence Technical High School; Lawrence Community Works; Lowell Community Health Center’s Teen Coalition; the Revolving Museum; Youth Build Lawrence; UMass Lowell Center for Family, Work, and Community; Light of Cambodian Children; and the United Teen Equality Center.

During the training, staff and educators at these organizations will be learning how to teach young people to translate street smarts into business smarts, how to seek out innovative business opportunities, and how to create a comprehensive business plan for their very own businesses.