|Kenan-Flagler students to bike to New York to support program for disadvantaged youth|
|Thursday, April 29, 2010|
Three graduate students from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will begin a bicycle trek Friday (April 30) to the New York City headquarters of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). This nonprofit organization empowers children from low-income communities by building skills and unlocking their entrepreneurial creativity.
The students – Michael Yehle, Kai Zeng and Andrew Fu – are members of the school’s Entrepreneurship Club and the master of business administration Class of 2011. They want to build awareness for NFTE and entrepreneurial education. They will leave April 30 from Kenan-Flagler with a delegation of other bikers, who will join them for the first day of their journey. They will bike more than 700 miles and across seven states in 12 days.
The students come from entrepreneurial backgrounds and have seen first hand that entrepreneurship transforms lives and builds communities. “Entrepreneurship changed my life and gave me the chance to live up to my full potential. Now, I want to share the power of entrepreneurship with people who can benefit from it the most,” Yehle said.
“The days of being an entrepreneur enlightened my life: simple, focused, yet powerful,” Zeng said.
The students have been inspired by NFTE’s mission to provide entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities. Seventy percent of donations are used to directly finance the projects of young entrepreneurs. Since its founding in 1987, NFTE has helped to enrich the lives of more than 280,000 young people. The organization, which currently has programs in 21 U.S. states and 12 countries, uses more than 1,500 active Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers and continually strives to improve its innovative entrepreneurship curriculum.
Along the route to New York City, the students will pass through NFTE branches in Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. They will connect with NFTE students and alumni in each city. The students have set up a live-feed on their website that allows visitors to track their progress in real time. They also will blog about their trip at www.NC2NYC.com.
“It is my hope that this bike ride will be the first of many to come,” Fu said.
Kenan-Flagler Business School contact: Andrew Fu, (951) 858-3975,