The Financial Literacy Youth Initiative (FLY) is a Rhode Island-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering frontline youth with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to ensure financial stability and socioeconomic well-being. FLY values experiential learning and features a holistic multi-generational approach to financial wellness and understanding financial literacy concepts. FLY is the ONLY culturally-responsive, experiential financial literacy program offering the gold standard in financial literacy education.
Deliver the gold standard in culturally responsive, experiential financial literacy education to students and families in frontline communities. As part of your professional development, you will study to become an Accredited Financial Counselor and upon certification practice actively for FLY participants.
- Teach FLY’s curriculum to approximately 90 high school students per academic quarter, or approximately 360 students per year. Curriculum includes, but is not limited to, topics in career planning, goal-setting and attainment, taxes, banking fundamentals, managing credit, financing higher education, savings, investing, insurance selection, and budgeting.
- Continually evaluate FLY’s curriculum for effectiveness and improvement.
- Provide FLY-specific academic support to students outside of class as necessary.
- Curate and facilitate personal finance workshops for community-based organizations serving frontline community youth.
- Facilitate personal finance seminars for college and university students.
- Evaluate curriculum for equity, inclusivity, and accessibility.
- Adapt instruction as needed to align with participants’ particular needs and goals.
Professional Development: AFCPE Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC)
- Complete the AFC certification requirements in your first year.
- Acquire 1,000 hours of field experience under the supervision of a certified AFC within FLY.
- Support other Educator Fellows throughout the yearlong preparation processes.
- Actively practice as Accredited Financial Counselors for FLY students, families, communities, and organizational clients.
Additional Fellowship Program Expectations
- Educators will play a pivotal role and will need to be interactive with all program areas, influencing marketing materials, aligning classroom goals with Diversity & Inclusion efforts, defining the needs for Policy & Advocacy initiatives, and assisting with needs-based analysis for grant writing purposes.
- Participate in and periodically lead workshops, social events, and networking events
- Second-year fellows are responsible for training and mentoring first-year fellows.
- Emotional Intelligence and strength training will also be standard for all Fellowship participants.
- Antiracism training(s) will be standard for all Fellowship participants
- Minimum Educational Background: Matriculated undergraduate junior or senior or completed Associates Degree
- Previous experience working or volunteering with youth in Rhode Island communities
- Previous experience and comfortability facilitating in group settings
- Fluency in Spanish
Core Characteristics of a FLY Fellow
FLY Fellows are committed to FLY’s Theory of Change to end generational poverty through culturally responsive, experiential financial literacy education. They are committed to students’ success both inside and outside the classroom and believe in their goals and capacity for achievement. Having a growth mindset for self and others, and a sincere passion for working with youth, FLY Fellows bring a unique desire to collaborate among team members and our students and their families. Committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, justice, and ability, our fellows partner with students, families, communities, and institutions to cultivate meaningful and lasting social change.
Compensation, Benefits, and Professional Development
- Paid Certification and On the Job Training: FLY will subsidize and facilitate your
Accredited Financial Counselor certification through AFCPE.
- Professional Development: Continuous learning and professional development through Next-Gen Personal Finance curriculums.
More on the FLY Fellowship Program
The FLY Fellowship Program stems from the Financial Literacy Youth (FLY) Initiative’s core belief that all students should have access to financial literacy resources, knowledge, and skills regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability, or socio-economic background. The FLY Fellows Fellowship Program creates opportunities for interested college students and professionals from all backgrounds to expand FLY’s culturally responsive, experiential financial literacy curriculum.
FLY will select highly skilled candidates for the fellowship who are dedicated to building students’ financial capacity through high-standard financial education, advocating for the financial health of underrepresented communities.