Bright Minds, Fresh Ideas

Bright Minds, fresh ideas student think tank INITIATIVE 

THE PURPOSE OF BMFI

The Bright Minds, Fresh Ideas Student Think Tank, powered by Florida Prosperity Partnership, exists for a dual purpose:


1)   To prove that Financial Literacy invested in young people, even at a fraction of the investment placed into National Academy Foundation (NAF) Academy of Finance students in the 208 programs nationwide, 49 of which are in the state of Florida, can be the defining difference in the future trajectory of an individual, family, household and community for their financial story.   


2)   To mine “Fresh Ideas” from the “Bright Minds” of rising young people as they are given opportunity to ideate ways to address financial ills that have yet to be solved by the current generation. Maybe, just maybe, these unfettered, unencumbered hearts and minds hold the key to creating a more prosperous future for themselves, for Florida and for the nation.  


THE 2018 BMFI PILOT PROGRAM

In 2018, nineteen (19) researchers were gathered for the pilot summer internship, made possibly by sponsorship from CenterState Bank and Career Source Central Florida and partnership with Orange County Public Schools/Orange Technical College, to engage in three components of the Student Think Tank:


A)  RESEARCH - A research project on a suggested topic related to Financial Capability for Floridians 


B)  IDEATION - Brainstorming or ideation opportunities to generate potential solutions and prototypes that address societal financial challenges;


C)  PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – A series of volunteer Guest Experts who engaged with the students, sharing their knowledge and insights in a variety of Financial Capability and Career-Readiness learning focus areas.    

RESEARCH PROJECTS GENERATED BY 2018 STUDENT RESEARCHERS 

“Youth Leaders in Economic Development”

Researchers:  Xiomara Montes Gil and Brandon Jimenez


“A Future You Can Bank On:  Increasing Financial Awareness for the Next Generation”

Researchers:  Deania James and Gabriel Moraes


“Edutainment Is Encouragement”  

"How to Role On A Budget " - Film Guide

"On Time" - Film Guide

Researcher:  Jedelande Odumas

“VITA's Vitals:  Marketing and Promoting Volunteer Income Tax Assistance to More Taxpayers”

Florida VITA Site Location Listing

IRS Spec Breakdown

Support Data

Researcher:  Sean Cook



“Transportation You Can Rely On for Your Money”

Support Data 

Researchers:  Deandra James and Gedeon Guercin


“Why Accountability and Accessibility Matters:  Eating Healthy on a Budget”

Researchers:  Mirrikat Murray and Shymier Hibbert


“Alternatives to the Alternatives”

Researchers:  Austin Wendling and Crispin Alemnka


“The Little Business Owners:  Helping Florida Micro-Enterprises Transition Into Small Businesses”  

Researchers:  Angie Deranvil, Kiara Velazquez and Shaniela Gentles




WHITE PAPER ON BMFI

For a complete synopsis of the Bright Minds, Fresh Ideas Student Think Tank initiative, please refer to the link below. 

Bright Minds, Fresh Ideas Student Think Tank – An Overview




THE FUTURE OF BMFI – 2019 AND BEYOND

FPP actively seeks partners, funders and supporters who share in the simple notion that the future is best designed by those who will be living in it—the emerging generation.  And, they deserve an environment today to ponder and solve those challenges before they adopt them as their own. 


To become an active part of the future of the Bright Minds, Fresh Ideas initiative, please reach out to Bill Mills at  Bill@FloridaProsperityPartnership.org to explore possibilities.