Students, teachers, alumni, sponsors, and donors all gathered at Greenwich Country Club to celebrate the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Fairchester Chapter's 15th Anniversary.
"This is a fantastic event. It's for NFTE Fairchester for all the great things they are doing in the community with young entrepreneurs and young students, like I once was. I'm excited to be here to support them," said NFTE alumni Luke Cooper.
The celebration included a silent auction, award presentation, and students showing off their business plans to all in attendance.
"My business is styles by Ambar. It's an online thrift store committed to selling pre-loved women's fashion. We impact our community and our environment. We solicit donations from women to donate their pre-loved clothes. That diverts waste from landfills, so that is our environmental impact. We donate a portion of our profits to organizations that benefit women, so that is our social impact," said current NFTE student and Business Plan First Place Winner Ambar Romero.
Even the keynote speaker Luke Cooper remembers his first business plan with NFTE.
"A mentor of mine first introduced me to NFTE when I was 12 years old. The very first company we created was a company called SNAP, Smart New Achieving People. It was a product based business, and the first product we built was a solar powered microwave," said Cooper.
NFTE has reached over 15 thousand kids in Westchester and Fairfield counties in the past 15 years. The program helps students in low income communities learn business skills and plan for the future.
"It really impacted me a lot and changed my outlook on my future. I'm very passionate about it and it's something I'm very interested in for the future," current NFTE student Geovani Borrayes said.
"NFTE has definitely instilled in me the importance of resilience in the business world. Just always being confident and always trying your best, and trying your hardest. As a young entrepreneur, you're always going to be faced with challenges," said Romero.
Currently, there are 22 schools with a total of 1,700 kids enrolled in NFTE in the Fairchester area. NFTE's goal is to give these students hope for the future.