#HackFinLit is a immersion of experiential and project-based learning where students connect with mentors and industry experts, collaborate amongst teams in a hack-a-thon style format to create innovative or tech-enabled solutions to challenges related to Financial Literacy.
Hack Financial Literacy
Addressing the Financial Literacy Gap for Teens and Young Adults
USING TECHNOLOGY FOR GOOD
The rapid innovations in technology like social media, mobile technology, digital media, artificial intelligence, and machine learning pose a threat to how we interact with our environment. Specifically, how youth received and interpret knowledge and information. Can this information be characterized as intriguing, entertaining, or culturally relevant? More importantly is a question of how they are applying and translating this information to real time situations and case studies.
Our theory is that we can more efficiently reach today's youth using the adaptability and scalability of technology to inform, persuade, and drive them to action. We also believe that to truly promote more cognitive learning we must show the application of knowledge in a more engaging, interacting, and competition driven manner. Lets see if our theory hold true...
USING HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN TO REACH URBAN YOUTH
Human-Centered Design is a creative problem solving process that involves centering the end user, benefactor, or customer experience into the process of addressing both business and social challenges. Using University of Stanford Design School and IDEO framework we use this methodology coupled with data research, outcome based programming, and cultural relevancy to address challenges faces in underserved communities. We believe designing with empathy is a crucial part of our process. We couple this innovative process with technology based solutions to derive at outcomes that are measurable, scalable, and noble in purpose.
DESIGN WITH COMMUNITY IN MIND
We not only apply the design principal methodology to our program design but we teach and empower youth to design solutions to challenges that they face in their everyday worlds. Our world is changing rapidly, including how our youth adapt to learning and we believe this is the perfect methodology that both teaches social emotional learning skills and critical thinking skills but also involves the student in practice to increase chances of cognitive retention and comprehension.
Impact In Action
Our diverse team of entrepreneurs, designers, educators, creatives, and change agents bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and success in diverse industries across the private and public sectors. The common thread that binds us all to our mission is the idea that we can empower the next generation to be leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators within their own communities.