Diddy Donates $250K to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

The NFTE helps at-risk youth reach their full potential.

Posted: 10/04/2013 04:30 PM EDT
Diddy and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Diddy may be at the top of his game, but he still remembers the value in giving a helping hand to the next generation of mega moguls behind him.

On Oct. 4 the rapper presented a $250,000 check to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an organization that empowers high school students from low-income communities through entrepreneurship education.

Combs was on hand at the NFTE Challenge in New York City, where four finalists were recognized for their outstanding business plans. The multi-platinum recording artist and businessman sat down for a private coaching session with the top finalists.

Jesus Fernandez and Toheeb Okenla, from South Holland, Illinois, were named the winners for their idea for T&J Soccer, a manufacturing and retail business that sells soccer socks with pockets sewn into them for inserts that protect players' shins during soccer games.

Since 1987, the NFTE has worked with more than 500,000 young people in programs across the U.S. and around the world, according to its website.


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(Photo: Courtesy of the NFTE Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge)

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