Ten9Eight

Ten9Eight

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00pm

William Mack & Ja’Mal Wills

Photo by Richard Schultz

A thought provoking film which tells the inspirational stories of several inner city teens from Harlem to Compton and all points in between, as they compete in an annual business plan competition.

In support of the public media initiative to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success, WXXI presents Ten9Eight, airing Monday, September 24 at 9:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 8:30 PM on WXXI-World (DT21.2/cable 524). 

In America, a kid drops out of high school every 9 seconds. Imagine if they didn't. This is the compelling question behind award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio’s newest project Ten9Eight, a thought provoking  film which tells the inspirational stories of several inner city teens (of differing race, religion, and ethnicity) from Harlem to Compton and all points in between, as they compete in an annual business plan competition run by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). 

The final competition in New York City convenes 35 young entrepreneurs chosen from over 24,000 students from across the country, winnowed down through a series of city and statewide business plan competitions held throughout the year. The winner receives $10,000 to launch his or her business – but more importantly, these finalists have the opportunity to interact with high profile entrepreneurs, including the likes of Arthur Blank (founder, Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons); Tom Scott (co-founder, Nantucket Nectars); Ralph Schlosstein (co-founder, BlackRock); Wyc Grousbeck (owner of the Celtics); and Kay Koplovitz (founder of USA Network). Although there can be only one winner, each student is empowered with the promise of a future they never thought possible. 

Local support for the American Graduate Initiative and this broadcast is made possible by Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, preparing students for graduation, college, and a career.

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