NFTE Baltimore Appoints Keenen Geter and Tyese Knight

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Baltimore, has appointed Keenen Geter and Tyese Knight to its board of directors. They will serve a three-year term.

Keenen Geter is an alumnus of NFTE Baltimore and serves the board in an alumni role. He is the founder of Young Men with POWER (Purpose, Optimism, Wisdom, Engagement and Responsibility), an organization that teaches middle school boys leadership skills, higher education readiness and the importance of community service. He is working on establishing the organization’s nonprofit status and has already secured a grant from Youth As Resources, which began as an initiative of the Baltimore Community Foundation.

Geter took NFTE classes in middle school and high school. The business he founded in high school, Geter’s Web Design, won first place in NFTE Baltimore’s winter citywide business plan competition in 2009, enabling him to participate in the NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York that fall.
After graduating from high school, Geter enrolled at the University of Baltimore and earned a degree in May in jurisprudence and moved into social entrepreneurship.

Tyese Knight is also a NFTE alumna and serves on the board as an alumna and as a NFTE Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher representative. She has taught at National Academy Foundation High School for the past four years.

When she was a student at Dunbar Senior High School in the late 1990s, Knight participated in a NFTE summer business plan camp. She left inspired to be an entrepreneur. Over the years she has started businesses such as catering, wedding planning, gift cards and greeting cards.

After receiving a degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Knight joined the corporate management trainee program at Hyatt Hotels in Chicago. She returned to Baltimore and worked at Oceanaire and Roy’s.

Four years ago she decided to go into teaching and became a Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher. Last year, one of her National Academy Foundation students won the Baltimore citywide business plan competition and participated in the NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York. “NFTE Baltimore is fortunate to have two veterans of the NFTE program on its board of directors,” said Andy Hubner, executive director of NFTE Baltimore. “They lived the program and know firsthand how it impacts the lives of students. Their involvement will help us make NFTE Baltimore even stronger.”

NFTE is an international nonprofit based in New York that provides entrepreneurship programs to inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and plan for successful futures. The organization’s Baltimore office has educated 10,000 students since its founding in 2002. For more information, visit nfte.com.

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