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The Beginning of the Youth Entrepreneurship Movement for Low-Income High School Students, Part Four

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.04.2012 | Education
Steve Mariotti

Prior to this project, youth entrepreneurship was an undervalued possibility. Thanks to the work of the kids, the message went out loud and clear: kids want legitimate work, they want to be valued as contributors and they want to succeed.

The Beginning of the Youth Entrepreneurship Movement for Low-Income High School Students, Part Three: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Steve Mariotti

We had our share of setbacks. Eventually, the program became unmanageable as the resources required to keep the educational component afloat were unsustainable.

The Beginning of the Youth Entrepreneurship Movement for Low-Income High School Students, Part Two

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.01.2012 | Education
Steve Mariotti

We opened in 1989 to immediate success. Two shifts of six ran Jersey Mike's, with everyone alternating roles to become familiar with every aspect of the restaurant. It was the first legal job for each young person.

The Beginning of the Youth Entrepreneurship Movement for Low-Income High School Students: The Story of Jersey Mike's, Part 1

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Steve Mariotti

The goal of NFTE was better performance in school, and ultimately in life. After several years of running a class-based program with our partner, NFTE wanted to move the lessons outside the classroom, into a sustainable model in the real world.