It’s been more than four years since Jan Baker took a course sponsored by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) at her high school in the Bronx, but the knowledge and contacts she picked up there arguably carried her into adulthood.

The tie-dye T-shirt business that began as a class project called Big Pimpin’ grew into Jhanjae Style Image Consulting, a hairdressing, personal shopping, and dressmaking service that netted Baker, the youngest child of Jamaican...

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