NFIB Introduces Award for Entrepreneurship Educators

The National Federation of Independent Business is unveiling a new award to reward elementary and secondary teachers who promote entrepreneurship to their students.

The NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation is taking applications now through March 31 for its new Entrepreneurship Educator Award, which will come with a $1,000 grant. The winner will receive the prize at the NFIB Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Luncheon next spring in Washington, D.C.

Teachers who work with students in grades 1-12 are eligible to apply. They’ll also be asked to submit a video in which they answer the question, “What best practices have you used to teach entrepreneurship, and what has been the outcome?”

“When 95 percent of all employers believe that the workforce needs to be more entrepreneurial, it becomes clear that the U.S. is facing a problem: students are finishing school without the skills to perform successfully in the professional workplace,” said Molly Young, the Young Entrepreneur Foundation’s senior manager.

“Entrepreneurial skills are essential to equip students for 21st century opportunities. We’d like to recognize and reward educators who are meeting this need and give them the resources to continue their efforts with successive classes of students.”

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