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Program Helps Students Turn Interests Into Summer Businesses

Program Helps Students Turn Interests Into Summer Businesses

A new youth-focused website, MakeYourJob.org, offers free, game-like training and resources to help students turn their interests into summer businesses. Anyone between the ages of 14 and 19 can sign up and be guided through a business launch simulation.

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), which launched the site, provides other simulations and games that cover the basics of its curriculum. Winners of the online game can also be eligible to win $2,500. NFTE plans to increase the number of students who participate in their summer programs, such as Startup Summer and BizCamps. MakeYourJob.org will bring the power of entrepreneurship to thousands of students. The platform is a key piece from Pathways to Progress, a $50 million commitment by the Citi Foundation aimed am improving career readiness. 

"Young people learn life-long skills and priceless experience in summer jobs--opportunities which are becoming more and more rare, especially for minority and disadvantaged young people," said Amy Rosen, NFTE President and CEO.

"For many, entrepreneurship is a gateway to the American Dream, and MakeYourJob.org will enable young people to combine their cretivity and interests with NFTE's expertise and know-how to begin turning their ambitions into reality," said Brandee McHale, Chief Operating Officer of the Citi Foundation. 

 

 

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