#FinCon18 Community Service Project: Helping Young Minds Grow

Did you know that only 17 states require high school students to take a personal finance course? For all of us financial literacy buffs, that’s a terrifying statistic. Did you also know that only 36% of high school grads are ready for college-level science classes? That number is equally scary.

Luckily, this year at FinCon we all have the opportunity to make a small dent in a couple of giant issues.

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is very excited to be sponsoring the #FinCon18 community service project for the third year in a row. This time around, participants will help Orlando-area children in low-income communities and underserved schools. We are partnering with Hands On Orlando. This nonprofit group plans, manages, and leads a wide variety of volunteer projects for individuals, families, and groups in all 50 states and across the globe.

With help from Hands On Orlando, #FinCon18 attendees will create Financial Literacy and STEM activity kits for children in local Orlando schools.

Financial Literacy Kits

Designed for kids at the third-grade level, each financial literacy kit includes a piggy bank that you can decorate. The piggy bank comes with $1 in change, some basic financial literacy literature, and a pre-cut puzzle that can be decorated with a money problem or statement.


These kits expose kids to a variety of STEM concepts in a fun way. You can craft a secret message to the recipient by making a Morse code bracelet from beads, which are accompanied by a decoder. You can also create a STEM problem for the child on a pre-cut puzzle.

How You Can Help Make a Difference

The service project will take place around opening registration time, from 12:30-2:30 PM on Wednesday, September 26th.

Whether you’ve got 5 minutes or 55, there will be a way for you to participate. So please stop by and make a difference for children in the Orlando area!

About NEFE

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is a leading nonprofit in financial capability research and educational resources. The NEFE has been operating since 1997. We envision a world where people make informed, thoughtful and beneficial financial decisions that are aligned with their values so that they can enjoy better, more secure and more satisfying lives.

Visit NEFE at booth number 101 in FinCon Central to discuss ways we can collaborate!

About Hands On Orlando

Hands On Orlando (HOO) helps you help others. We plan, manage, and lead a wide variety of volunteer projects that individuals, families, and groups can join. We also produce awesome corporate team building experiences.

Our projects involve everything from painting and cooking to planting shrubs and sorting canned goods. We have also hosted birthday parties for homeless children and built benches and garden boxes. HOO projects typically last three hours. You do not have to commit long term.

More than 200,000 volunteers served by HOO have come from every local community and city, all 50 states and over 60 countries.

Hands On Orlando is a 501(c)(3) federally tax-exempt, non-profit charity, founded in 1999. Our work is extremely challenging, detailed, and unique in the Central Florida community.


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  • Oh my goodness, this is FANTASTIC! This will be my first FinCon, but I was heavily involved (include in executive positions) in a college student organization that traveled and brought STEM to K-12 students. Our group was/is called MindTrekkers. I think this is an amazing opportunity and I can’t want to participate at #FinCon18