Jul 30, 2021

Summer Series: Money with Marsai Martin

This week on NGPF's Summer Series, we take a look at a brand new video series hosted by "In the Know" on YouTube! The series targets Gen Z and is hosted by Marsai Martin, a young actress and producer best known for her role as Diane Johnson on ABC's hit sitcom Black-ish. 

The first episode is short and to the point with just over 6 minutes of content and includes key concepts that are relevant to money conversations in the 21st century, like the use of "biometrics" in digital transactions.

Biometrics are body measurements and calculations related to human characteristics and biometric authentication is used in computer science as a form of identification and access control. Some examples of biometrics being used in everyday life include using a fingerprint or face recognition to unlock an iPhone and using your voice to tell Siri or Alexa what to do. While there is only one episode available of late July 2021, it seems like a promising series that teachers can rely on for increasing student engagement.


The new project is getting a lot of positive media attention so far. We can expect a total of 6 episodes, so I suggest you bookmark this YouTube link and keep coming back for more! 

What do you think of the series? Let us know in our educators-only online forum, FinLit Fanatics.



About the Author

Yanely Espinal

Born and raised by Dominican, immigrant parents in Brooklyn, Yanely is a proud product of NYC public schools. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in 2007 before going on to receive her bachelor's degree at Brown University in 2011. As a Teach For America corps member, Yanely taught third and fourth grade in Canarsie, Brooklyn. She received her master's degree from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2013. She spends her spare time making YouTube videos about personal finance on her channel, MissBeHelpful. Yanely also loves to dance, sew, paint, listen to podcasts, and babysit her 10 nieces and nephews!

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