Preparing Future Entrepreneurs

The Student Finance League (SFL) of Miami, Florida prepares youth for their future. They posted their crowdfunding campaign on!

You might be wondering; how DO they teach children these fundamental rules of finance? By having them start their own businesses! At SFL, they work to build the future's entrepreneurs. First, the students are provided with basic financial literacy education. Workbooks teach financial terminology, crucial economic skills and provide exercises. Students will gain a basic understanding of: “…banking, money, saving, investing, insurance, loans, mortgaging, financing, taxes, accounting, debt, credit etc.”

Simultaneously, students are introduced to entrepreneurial concepts of business-like opportunities, management, career guidance and professional goal setting. With SFL, the students gain the self-esteem to take power of their own finances, at a very young age. It can help them develop skills, toy with business plans, and learn the skills to one day be entrepreneurs. SFL encourages many of its students to begin executing realistic business plans, helping them establish small business ventures that lead to real-life experience with capital management.

SFL brings in guest speakers to address the children, too. These speakers can be anyone from celebrities, to professional athletes, to CEOs and other professionals. This provides the students with the right motivation and inspiration. Additionally, SFL participates in local events to teach the students professionalism and networking.

Because SFL funds each student’s business launch, they need funding from the community and nation at large for their finance seminars. Diana told me, “The cost of the program includes workbooks, a financial literacy game, speakers, staff and mentoring.” They are hoping to attract the attention of entrepreneurs and financiers to make contributions to their crowdfunding campaign at

The League's unique program teaches:

  • Basic Banking and Finance
  • Short and Long Term Investment Strategies
  • Business Operations and Management
  • College and Career Preparation

Essentially, the Student Finance League (SFL) of Miami works with existing organizations to add finance and business to their current programs for anywhere from 2 to 5 hours a month. A student joins SFL when they are a part of an afterschool program or organization that partners with SFL. And, they are growing. According to Diana Thompson, CEO and Founder,

“We just partnered with 18 schools and 2700 new students.”

About the Author: Sabeen has a Masters in Public Health and currently writes for

So What Are You Doing on Giving Tuesday?

So, what are you doing today for Giving Tuesday? How about contributing to one of the crowdfunding campaigns on UHelp. You can help one or more of the current projects reach their fundraising goals. UHelp was created so that we the people in the universe can decide which projects or programs get funded.  

Giving Tuesday is the designated public day for charitable donations.  It comes after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  

If you're a nonprofit, now is the time to set up your  crowdfunding campaign so it is ready for Giving Tuesday. 

Campaigns you might want to fund:

Information Technology Program For At-Risk, DC Youth

The IEEPE Information Technology Program offers at-risk youth a place to apply themselves. 

Help Build a STEM Middle School Education Empire!

A new STEM curriculum was created with a goal of implementing it in 1000 schools. 

Prime Community Development Corporation

Help change the quality of life for those who need it in South Carolina. 

Nonprofits, Listen UP!!

As a nonprofit, you can take part in Giving Tuesday by organizing a fundraising campaign for that day, November 29, 2016. UHelp is the perfect platform for your organization’s Giving Tuesday celebration. This would allow your donors to find you online and contribute to your uniquely designed campaign. To prepare for an event or campaign, you’ll need to do a few things, first. Advanced preparation is key.

A nonprofit's greatest asset is its community; this is the current list of donors and supporters. By emailing them and having them spread the word about your campaign through social media, you may see some much-needed help on Giving Tuesday. They can share why they plan to support your campaign and you can use their words of inspiration to create a greater call to action.

You might want to celebrate Giving Tuesday by searching for grants for volunteerism, on  You will find grants that address health, human services, education, the arts, social service issues and much much more. GrantWatch’s categories are listed ton the right of the homepage, under the green chat box. You may find one or many more categories that are in line with your nonprofit’s programs. 

Giving Tuesday History

Giving Tuesday is a social media event created by 92 Street Y, a nonprofit cultural and community center in New York City. More specifically, Giving Tuesday is marked as a day of giving, following Thanksgiving Thursday. Per, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season and is fueled by social media. Remember to hashtag your actions on social media with #GivingTuesday.

Go to to make contributions to just causes or start your own campaign! 


Support STEM Curriculum on

STEM. What does it mean in 2016? STEM is an acronym for Science Technology Engineering and Math. It is often used in terms of education. In fact, has Science Education STEM as a possible category for a crowdfunding campaign. With the advances in the major sciences, STEM education is necessary for our children to eventually compete in the world market.

In 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected that STEM-related jobs will grow to more than 9 million by 2022. Jobs like architectural and engineering managers, actuaries, aerospace engineering and operations technicians and more all require a strong background in STEM.

STEM is interdisciplinary. The focus of STEM education is to provide students with the tools to solve problems. Gittel Grant is seekig funding to implement the The Building Blocks of Engineering Curriculum in schools,

“To train students to be innovators and problem-solvers.”

Gittel’s goals include:

“To combine high-level science content with interactive engineering applications to reflect situations the children might encounter on the job in life.”

Another goal of the program is:

“To introduce students to science content and make them ready to engage in higher level STEM courses.”

With her campaign, Gittel hopes to reach out to educators and parents who wish their school had a STEM program to give their kids these opportunities. The benefits for teachers include lessons backed with detailed guides “that associates standards, concepts covered, teaching strategies and background information.”

When asked why she chose UHelp to crowdfund, Gittel answered, “Because of the educational nature of my campaign, I thought I should use a more professional venue.” There is something she appreciated about UHelp, too.

Gittel loved speaking with our crowdfunding mentor who provided valuable insight on how to set up her campaign. In fact, our mentor helped walk her through the formation of her entire campaign.

So, if you’re a nonprofit, small business, school, researcher, educator, or other, consider creating a crowdfunding campaign on We put in our time, so you can put in yours. Together, we can work toward a successful campaign.

Search for grants for STEM, located in the Science and Teachers categories.

About the Author: Staff Writer for