NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Social Entrepreneur Marcy Reyes of the Financial Literacy Youth Initiative (FLY)
Driven to serve others by educating them to become financially capable, Marcy Reyes has found several ways to accomplish this mission. She teaches at Rhode Island College while also leading a non-profit that she founded to support high school students. Oh, all this while holding down a full-time job with a health insurer. She is clearly someone motivated to serve others by teaching them valuable skills about managing their money. In this podcast, you will hear Marcy share her story and the reasons why she is so passionate about financial education, the path from the vision to the reality of starting a non-profit and where she wants to take the FLY organization in the future. With Marcy at the helm, they are sure to soar!! Enjoy!
- 0:00~1:23 Introduction
- 1:23~4:22 Growing up and learning about money
- 4:22~10:04 Deciding to go to college
- 10:04~14:45 Working with consumer credit
- 14:45~17:14 From banking to healthcare to a non-profit
- 17:14~20:11 From a dream to reality
- 20:11~23:03 What does FLY do?
- 23:03~25:01 Answering the question “why?”
- 25:01~25:31 A word from NGPF
- 25:31~27:45 What it means to be culturally responsive
- 27:45~30:54 Experimental activities
- 30:54~35:48 Getting parents involved
- 35:48~38:53 The future of FLY
- 38:53~46:47 Lightning round!
- 46:47~49:02 Conclusion
- Financial Literacy Youth (FLY) Initiative
- NGPF - Navigate Your Online Bank Account
- Rhode Island Student Loan Authority
- Capital Good Fund
- “I dreamt up this program that would provide financial literacy education through a holistic approach, a multi-generational approach that creates real systemic change not just in a teach and talk environment but a place where young students can take away real-life lessons to change their future.”
- “We give them the ‘why’ first because most kids want to know ‘why am I doing this?’, ‘why should I pay attention?’, and ‘why is it important?’ and then we go to the ‘how.'