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What students are saying about their FTE experience:

“FTE was truly a one of a kind program. No other program could possibly offer a balance between economics and leadership better than the Foundation. The economic sessions are informative, easy to engage in, and cover all aspects of economics that any student can learn. The leadership activities allow for personal growth and for realizations that you may have never made. The instructors have mind-blowing philosophies and their activities keep students from feeling alone. FTE is something I will always remember and use throughout my life, career, and exploration of this world.” – Shivum Lal (Emory University 2019)


“EFL has given me so much more than just a wider knowledge of economics and leadership; through EFL I have made so many connections to peers and adults that I hope to stay connected to for as long as I can as well as valuable life experience.” – Gabriella (Ella) Chuang (UCLA 2019)


“The EHFL program was phenomenal as it opened my eyes regarding the study of economics. Not only did I do this but I also made great friendships with new people around the nation. The program was phenomenal and it greatly benefited me.” – Mark Russell (UC Berkeley 2019)


“FTE has proven to be more than a simple leadership or economics session for me this past week. It has been a week of self-study, and the activities have given me insight into the way that I respond to unnatural and difficult environments, how I interact with my peers, and how I act as a self-interested player in the economy.” – Jun-Davinci Choi (Brown University 2017)


“FTE was the most fascinating and engaging camp I have attended in my life. The economics lectures are interactive and the activities truly vivify each lesson. The leadership activities created a bond between a group of teenager strangers that I never thought would exist.” – Blake Ternan (Washington University 2019)


“Economics for Leaders was truly a transformative and eye-opening experience. I came into this class expecting to only learn about economics, but I came out having gained so many life experiences and having a greater understanding of myself and my peers.” – Holly Hoogstra (SMU 2019)


What parents are saying about their teenagers’ FTE experience:

2016 FTE Parent Survey: When asked if the program impacted their children, parents of participants responded with a resounding ‘yes!’ Read the responses here.


A Letter From A Parent

“Words cannot express my deep appreciation for your leadership during the FTE/EFL seminar at Hillsdale College in July, 2008. My daughter Katie Yelken, is still talking about her experience and what she learned. The knowledge and skills she acquired at EFL have given her confidence and an assurance of who she is. In the span of a week you were able to take 32 unique individuals and unite them. They are bound by their experiences and time together.

A quote that has been shared by one of the students is: ‘We left our families to live with strangers. Now we left family to go home.’ The synergy that was created during those seven days is amazing. The students were accepted for who they are and encouraged to use their skills, talents, and abilities. These young adults are staying connected. ‘Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.’ Is another quote from one of the students at EFL. Thank you for your time, energy, and commitment to the students who attended this camp.”

 – Pam Yelken, Mother