Who are the instructors?
Instructors Tonya Rapley, a millennial money expert and creator of My Fab Finance, offering high-demand financial workshops and leading the innovative FinTech app, FOAM, and Ryan D. Lawrence, a Brooklyn-based educator championing economic justice through financial literacy, STEAM education, and partnerships with global nonprofits, teach about Bitcoin and general financial literacy, how it works, why you should care, and how to build your own financial future.
- Classes will be offered online and in person from June 22 through September 7. All Marcy residents are welcome.
- In-person classes will take place two evenings per week and dinner will be served.
- Those participating in the program will receive MiFi devices and a one-year limited data plan, plus smartphones if needed. Residents may keep the devices.
- This initiative is made possible by personal grants from Jay and Jack, with on-the-ground support from Block and the Shawn Carter Foundation.
The Bitcoin Academy: Summer 2022 Recap
This program aims to provide education, empower the community with knowledge, and get rid of some of the barriers so that residents can learn more about Bitcoin specifically and finance in general.
Recordings of past classes are exclusively available to Marcy residents who signed up online, plus 14 additional video tutorials on topics such as Bitcoin Vocabulary, Crypto Scams & A Security Mindset, and Taxes 101.
Taught in person, recorded and available online to anyone from Marcy who registered with The Bitcoin Academy.
- Wealth Building and Assets
- Why Decentralization Matters
- Staying Safe from Scammers
- Bitcoin & Taxes
- Careers in Crypto
The Academy distributed approximately 100 MiFi devices to students with a one-year limited data plan. Smartphones were also given to students who needed one. This hardware distribution was made possible by collaboration with T-Mobile.
Teens & Tweens:
In addition to adult classes, we hosted a half-day Saturday session for twenty-five Marcy kids aged 11-17 called “The Bitcoin Academy: Future Edition.”