In 2020, Next Gen Personal Finance announced the creation of the Financial Equity and Empowerment (FEE) Grant as part of our commitment to increase access to financial education within communities serving majority Black and Brown students. Our ideal partners are the largest U.S. public school systems who share our commitment to increasing financial capability in their students. Resource constraints should NOT be the reason students don’t have proper financial education.


While 1 in 9 students outside Guarantee States 1 will take a standalone Personal Finance course prior to graduation, this number dips significantly among students in schools with 75%+ Black and Brown students.

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In schools with 75%+ Black and Brown student population, only

1 in 14

students were guaranteed to take a standalone Personal Finance course prior to graduation.

To combat this problem, NGPF commits to partnering with districts and investing


into the largest diverse high school districts in America to help build financial capability and institutional support.

FEE Grant Programmatic Details

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Approximately $125,000 annually for 3 years to fund the position of a dedicated Personal Finance Specialist employed by the district


Ongoing 1:1 support to the Personal Finance Specialist and district in creating PD sessions, programs, resources, newsletters, and more throughout the lifetime of the grant


Regular meetings with all Personal Finance Specialists to share best practices, resources and ideas to further the initiative


Comprehensive Personal Finance curriculum and professional development at no cost to the district

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NGPF FEE Grant recipients as of 2024

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Milwaukee Public Schools

Marti Diaz

Financial Literacy Mentor Teacher
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Miami-Dade Public Schools

Ebony Davis

Curriculum Support Specialist
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Prince George’s County Public Schools

Susan Bistransin

Financial Education and Empowerment Coordinator
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Nevada Public Schools

Sheila Salehian

Financial Literacy Consultant
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Denver Public Schools

Tiffany Askins

K-12 Financial Literacy Specialist

Jordan Grant recipients

The 2022 Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand Grant is modeled after NGPF’s Financial Equity and Empowerment (FEE) Grant program. The Jordan Grant provides for extras such as an expansion of NGPF's online curriculum offerings and the creation of student investment clubs coordinated via Personal Finance Specialists in cooperation with teachers. This institutional grant to NGPF was made through Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand’s 10-year Black Community Commitment.

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Fund for Public Schools (NY)

Marsha Iverson

Personal Finance Specialist
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Philadelphia Financial Scholars (PA)

Danielle Hernandez

Program Director
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Crystal Shue

Economic and Personal Finance (EPF) Specialist
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Fulton County Schools (Atlanta, Ga.)

Addie Taylor

Program Specialist-Personal Finance
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Guilford County Schools (Greensboro, N.C.)

Miche Franken

Personal Financial Literacy Coordinator
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Detroit Public Schools Community District

Gregory Evans

Social Studies Curriculum Leader
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California Access to Financial Education (CAFE) Grant Program

As part of our FEE Grant initiative, we have selected key districts in California to fund through our CAFE program.

Currently, only 25% of California high school students have access to a personal finance course elective, compared to 70% of high school students nationally. Through a partnership with the California Department of Education, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, and Next Gen Personal Finance, the California Access To Financial Education (CAFE) grant program will substantially increase student access to this essential course in California high schools.

Current and prospective CAFE Grant recipients:

  • Los Angeles Unified
  • San Diego Unified
  • Fresno Unified
  • Long Beach Unified
  • San Francisco Unified

These specialists will provide curriculum support and professional development to increase access to financial education within the district.

Click here to learn more.

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1 Guarantee state (25 as of Jan 2nd, 2024: AL, CT, FL, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, WV, WI,VA) are states that guarantee financial education for all high school students prior to graduation