Friday, February 5, 2010


In addition to the myriad crises happening abroad, a still-struggling economy and mass unemployment levels, we mustn’t overlook another crisis we’re facing here at home – EDUCATION.

Did you know that 6.2 million students have dropped out of school, and that's only for the year 2007? And that over one third of all public high school students(with a disproportionate percentage of that figure representing minority groups)fails to graduate from high school? This means that each year there are millions of young adults entering society without the tools, knowledge and skill sets required to survive in this increasingly complex and competitive world.

These teens and young adults are primarily kids from forgotten neighborhoods who haven't been given the encouragement and opportunity needed to fulfill their potential. They are kids from diverse backgrounds who may not fit the standard education mold, and while it may not be our problem today, it certainly will be tomorrow, unless both the left and right in Congress can come together and forge a plan to get these millions of future American citizens up and running with skills that can land them jobs, get them into college or enable them to start their own businesses. We have to equip them with the tools they need to participate and contribute to society, and to fulfill their destiny.

In a recent article in the Huffington Post,
Amy Rosen, President & CEO of NFTE, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, reminds us of Obama's words at the beginning of his administration where he decidedly named Entrepreneurship Training "the best anti-poverty program around." Rosen applauded the amount of funding allocated to the "Race to the Top" education stimulus fund, but the work is far from done.

Click here to read Ms. Rosen's pointed article.
When you look at the big picture, this issue – educating youth out of poverty - affects us all, doesn't it?

If you want to learn more about the great work that NFTE does around the country to help young teens and adults stay engaged in school, build dreams and develop their own small businesses, visit

Because everyone needs some help in life. Sometimes all it takes is a little push, and for someone to tell us that we can succeed if we try hard enough.

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