A new effort to honor and encourage educators who teach entrepreneurship was announced by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation. A new Entrepreneurship Educator Award and $1,000 grant is now available for hard-working teachers who have distinguished themselves in their pursuit of entrepreneurial education.
“We are so excited to provide our nation’s educators an opportunity to be recognized for their efforts to teach America’s young people about the benefits of entrepreneurship,” said senior manager of the Young Entrepreneur Foundation Molly Young. “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. 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.”
The new NFIB Entrepreneurship Educator Award is available to any educator of students (grades 1-12) who teaches entrepreneurship in a creative and successful manner. Applicants are asked to create and submit a video through which they answer the following question: What best practices have you used to teach entrepreneurship and what has been the outcome?
Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2014. The winning video will be presented at the NFIB Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Luncheon in Washington, D.C., in the spring of 2014, and the winner will receive a $1000 scholarship which they may use to further their entrepreneurial instruction or to obtain additional educational resources.
Entries will be reviewed by the Young Entrepreneur Foundation staff and the winner will be selected based on the creativity of their entrepreneurial education best practices, as well as the extent to which the video demonstrates the positive impact of entrepreneurial education.
More information about the award and the application process can be found here: www.nfib.com/educator.