Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship New England Announces Adopt-A-Class Program

Communispace kicks off program by "adopting" students in Boston's Quincy Upper School

Apr 03, 2012, 09:00 ET from Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

BOSTON, April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The New England chapter of The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an international non-profit dedicated to inspiring young people from low-income communities to stay in school and recognize business opportunities, today announced the Adopt-A-Class program as a way for businesses to give back to the community. Through this active philanthropic program, businesses underwrite a NFTE classroom, have the opportunity to volunteer throughout the school year, and help high school students learn entrepreneurial skills and create business plans.

Communispace, the leader in providing online consumer insights communities for the world's most esteemed brands, is the first business to take advantage of the Adopt-A-Class program.  Headquartered in Boston with a worldwide presence, Communispace has adopted the NFTE classroom at Boston's Quincy Upper School. In addition to underwriting the program, Communispace employees visit the school's NFTE class to speak about relevant business topics and work one-on-one with students on the development and presentation of their original business plans, the final project for the course.

"We couldn't be more thrilled about adopting the NFTE students at Quincy Upper School," said Diane Hessan, CEO of Communispace. "Our goal is to enrich the NFTE curriculum and bring entrepreneurship and business concepts to life. Our employees help these students develop the entrepreneurial mindset necessary to take ownership of their future. The opportunity to work with these students has been energizing for our entire company."  

"We feel strongly that introducing our NFTE students to the local entrepreneurial economy outside the classroom is essential to their overall business education," said Jennifer Green, executive director of NFTE New England. "Communispace is well on its way to setting the benchmark for future Adopt-A-Class program partners. Companies like Communispace help our students realize that their future is their business."

Companies interested in adopting a class for the 2012-2013 school year, or for more information about NFTE New England, contact Jennifer Green at or visit

About Communispace

The world's most admired brands turn to Communispace, the leader in generating game-changing insights via private online customer communities. Founded in 1999, the company has created more than 400 customer communities for industry leaders such as Kraft, Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab, Hallmark, Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline and Hilton Hotels Corporation. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the company has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, London, New York, San Francisco, and Sydney, Australia. For more information, please visit:

About NFTE

Too many young people today drop out of school and struggle to break the cycle of poverty. Since 1987, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) has been inspiring young people to pursue educational opportunities, start their own businesses, and succeed in life. By providing entrepreneurship education programs relevant to the real world, NFTE empowers students to own their educations in and out of the classroom and to find their own path to success. Hundreds of thousands of students have discovered opportunity all around them through entrepreneurship via thousands of certified educators worldwide. NFTE supports active programs in 18 states and 10 countries around the world. Entrepreneurs are a powerful driver of economic growth and NFTE sows the seeds of innovation in students worldwide. For more information, visit

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