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.
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.
Researchers: Xiomara Montes Gil and Brandon Jimenez
Researchers: Deania James and Gabriel Moraes
Researcher: Jedelande Odumas
Researcher: Sean Cook
Researchers: Deandra James and Gedeon Guercin
Researchers: Mirrikat Murray and Shymier Hibbert
Researchers: Austin Wendling and Crispin Alemnka
Researchers: Angie Deranvil, Kiara Velazquez and Shaniela Gentles
For a complete synopsis of the Bright Minds, Fresh Ideas Student Think Tank initiative, please refer to the link below.
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.