FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“This year’s event will be big, bold, and fabulous,” says Success in the City founder Cynthia de Lorenzi, who is the 2010 chairwoman for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship-Greater Washington’s annual event to be held this week at the Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, DC, April 26, 2010 — Tomorrow night, Wednesday, April 28, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (dc.nfte.com) will host its 13th annual Dare to Dream DC Gala, which is being held from 6-10 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in DC (www.daretodreamdc.org).
“It is truly my pleasure to have been the chairman of the 2010 Dare to Dream DC event,” says Cynthia de Lorenzi, founder and CEO of the women’s networking group Success in the City, who notes that since 1987, NFTE has provided entrepreneurial education programs to more than 280,000 youths in 21 states and 12 countries.
“This year alone, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship-Greater Washington is working with 700 students in 17 low-income schools in the region. Since 1994, it has served more than 22,000 students in the area,” she says. “Now that’s an accomplishment — not just because NFTE helps young people explore new opportunities and build toward a successful future. To me, this organization is incredible because NFTE’s leaders, from staff to teachers to the students it touches, learn the skills needed to live the American dream.”
The importance of engaging the entrepreneurial spirit
“Indeed, we are a country of endless opportunity,” adds de Lorenzi, who notes that our founding fathers embodied the entrepreneurial spirit — as does most everyone who works with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. “The fact that any American can rise up and start his or her own business is a reality that is unique to the U.S.”
Julie Kantor, executive director of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship-Greater Washington, explains that today our nation’s students are dropping out of school at an alarming rate and in epidemic numbers.
“Through NFTE, this generation of students and our next generation of entrepreneurs are truly engaged with programs that teach real life and relevant skills in the classroom,” Kantor notes. “We thank Cynthia and all of the Success in the City members for supporting our organization and helping to bring programs on entrepreneurship to every low-income school across the country.”
Honoring entrepreneurs, students, teachers
Also being honored at the 2010 gala is Patty Alper of the Alper Portfolio Group and vice president of the Alper Family Foundation, Michael Chasen, CEO of Blackboard Inc., and the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The keynote speaker will be Chris Gardner, the self-made millionaire, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher, Jr. Gardner’s book of memoirs, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” was published in May 2006 and later that year became an internationally acclaimed motion picture starring Will Smith.
The stars of the evening are, of course, the students
They include Jada Nicome of Northwestern High School, who won NFTE’s 2010 Global Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for her company, K-9 Couture — and six other students who won the 2010 NFTE-Greater Washington Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the companies they created:
• Kyle Calavetinos, Parkdale High School: C-6
• Nina Maniphak, Garfield High School: Plum Porcupine Photography
• Justin Mitchell, Bladensburg High School: Akketie
• Kenneth Peters Jr., Duke Ellington School of the Arts High School: KenE’s Production
• Andre Robinson, Garfield High School: Klassic Kernels
• Jasmine Pearl Taylor, Woodrow Wilson Senior High School: Pearl’s Bakery
Teacher honorees for 2010 include:
• National NFTE Teacher of the Year: Mary Ellen McCormick, TC Williams High School
• NFTE-Greater Washington Regional Teacher of the Year: Beverly Jackson, Northwestern High School
• NFTE-Greater Washington Rookie Teacher of the Year: Emily Heuber, Columbia Heights Education Center, Bell Multicultural Senior High School
About the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship-Greater Washington
Since 1987, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (www.nfte.com) has provided entrepreneurial education programs to more than 280,000 youths in 21 states and 12 countries. Its mission is to work with young people from low-income communities to show them that entrepreneurship is a pathway to prosperity.
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship-Greater Washington is currently working with 800 students in 17 schools, and since 1994 has served more than 21,000 students in the region.
For more information about the program and the annual business plan competition, contact Julie Kantor, executive director of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship-Greater Washington, at Julie.Kantor@nfte.com.
To buy tickets for Wednesday’s Dare to Dream Gala, visit www.daretodreamdc.org.