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Meeting the Challenge: Keeping Kids in School

10 a.m. - Noon | Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 - Louisville, Ky.

Every day, about 7,000 students nationwide leave high school without a diploma, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education. (See www.all4ed.org/files/HighSchoolDropouts.pdf.) That’s about a million kids every year.  By dropping out, these individuals significantly diminish their employment opportunities and promising future.  Moreover, at a time of federal and state budget cuts, dropouts can have a substantial negative financial impact on their communities.

There is a growing need to use innovative approaches to reach out to at-risk youth and foster job creation.  The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE; www.nfte.com) provides programs that inspire young people to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and plan for a successful future.  NFTE runs an annual business-plan competition that not only keeps potential dropouts in school, but engages them in such a way as to put them on a path to a different future.

During this event, participants will learn about NFTE and innovative approaches to reach today’s youth.

Who should attend?

  • Workforce development agencies
  • Universities and colleges
  • School administrators, local and state education officials
  • Nonprofits
  • Community and economic development agency officials
  • CDCs/CDFIs
  • Bankers
  • Business leaders
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Chambers of commerce

This event is free; however, registration is required by Friday, Sept. 7, as space is limited.  Light refreshments will be provided.


  • 10 a.m.                            Welcome and Introductions
  • 10:10 a.m.                       Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Presentation
  • 10:30 a.m.                       Group Activity
  • 11 a.m.                            Q & A
  • Noon                                Adjourn