SOURCE: National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship

February 05, 2007 10:30 ET

NFTE Los Angeles Names Phyllis Rawley as Executive Director

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 5, 2007 -- The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) announced that Phyllis Rawley has been named Executive Director of its Los Angeles office, where she will direct the strategic expansion and operations of NFTE in the region.

Rawley previously was executive director of the El Paso Empowerment Zone Co. in El Paso, Texas. She has experience in federal, private sector and nonprofit management, and is a published author and educational speaker.

NFTE is expanding its operations in Los Angeles to reach more low income students with the basics of starting and operating a small business. Currently, there are NFTE programs in 12 local high schools and community-based organizations, which together reach more than 620 students annually. According to a recent study conducted by Harvard University Graduate School of Education, NFTE graduates' interest in college increased 32% and their occupational aspirations increased 44% after participating in the program.

In her role, Rawley will seek to deepen NFTE's existing relationship with schools in the Los Angeles area and develop opportunities to serve more students.

"Entrepreneurial education gives students a practical way to engage and own their educational experience," said Rawley. "I know personally the way a young person's life can be altered when they start to take ownership over their education. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help more students have this experience," she added.

Originally launched as a dropout prevention program, NFTE's entrepreneurship education program teaches low income students the business skills they need to start their own small business, while reinforcing basic academic skills. NFTE's goal is to give young people the skills and confidence to seize their true potential and improve their lives and communities. Through NFTE, students learn how to create a business plan, keep books, and master other business fundamentals. The hands-on, real-world nature of the program is designed to help students become more engaged with school.

The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship: The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship ( is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, whose mission is to teach entrepreneurship to young people from low-income communities to enhance their economic productivity by improving their business, academic, and life skills. Since 1987, NFTE has reached over 150,000 youth and trained more than 4,200 Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers. Currently NFTE has active programs in 25 states and 13 countries.

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    Phyllis Rawley
    NFTE - Greater Los Angeles
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    Tom Phillips
    Communication Partners
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