Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Philadelphia – The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. Since 1987, NFTE has improved the lives of more than 280,000 young people and currently has programs in 21 states and 11 countries outside the U.S.
Student Recipient: Saaiba Newton, Samuel Fels High School HS
Saaiba is an active volunteer at her school and in her community, volunteering over the past two summers with Camp 2000 – an organization that offers academic and outdoor activities for inner city children. Within the NFTE program Saaiba passed the required course and placed first in the NFTE classroom competition. In addition to her studies, Saaiba is a young entrepreneur who launched her own business - Ebony’s Beauty Line.
Steppingstone Scholars is dedicated to helping educationally underserved students in the Greater Philadelphia region achieve academic success. Steppingstone prepares students with the potential and a community of support for admission to the best public, non-public and independent college preparatory schools through a program of academics, mentoring and support. Steppingstone Scholars works with partner schools to create opportunities that lead to college.
Student Recipient: Anthony Thai, The Episcopal Academy
Anthony is a member of Episcopal Academy’s Student Council, writes for the school newspaper, participates in Key Club as a School Host and is a two sport high school athlete. In addition to his extracurricular activities at Episcopal, Anthony volunteers as a student tutor in the Steppingstone Scholars’ program, was accepted into the Global Youth Leadership Institute to participate in a leadership program and is a member of Model United Nations.
In addition to Lopez, the judging panel included: Operations/Program Consultant
; School District of Philadelphia Deputy Chief of Administration to the Superintendent
; Sun Life Financial U.S. former Senior Vice President, Head of Marketing and Strategy
Priscilla Sims Brown
; Impacto Latin Newspaper Publisher
; Exude Benefits
President and CEO
; Perfection Events, Inc. President
; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Court of Common Pleas
Honorable Lisette Shirdan-Harris
; Capital Management Enterprises
Chairman and CEO
; Comcast Cable Program Management Director
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About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Chartered in 1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China and Bermuda. In the United States and elsewhere, insurance products are offered by members of the Sun Life Financial group that are insurance companies. Sun Life Financial Inc., the holding company for the Sun Life Financial group of companies, is a public company. It is not an insurance company and does not offer insurance products for sale in the United States or elsewhere, and does not guarantee the obligations of its insurance company subsidiaries. In the United States, Sun Life Financial provides a range of products and services to employers and their employees, including group and voluntary life, disability, dental and stop-loss insurance products. These products are issued by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada in all states except New York. In New York, these products are issued by Sun Life Insurance and Annuity Company of New York. Product offerings may not be available in all states and may vary depending on state laws and regulations. For more information please visit
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SLPC 24561 10/2012 (Exp. 10/2017)