Passport Day 2012

Shay visited Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Osaka in 2011.

Why is there a photo of Shay standing in a train station in Tokyo? Saturday, March 10th is Passport Day! The company is named “Bigger Than Your Block” for a reason. We believe that travel is an integral part of education. We’re encouraging everyone to go get your passport tomorrow (even if you don’t know where you’d like to go or if you don’t have the money to pay for it) because taking that first step will start changing your mindset.

Officially, Passport Day is “On Saturday, March 10 only, apply for your U.S. passport at a Regional Passport Agency without an appointment. You will be able to apply for standard processing (4-6 weeks) or pay an additional $60 for expedited processing (2-3 weeks, door-to-door).”

Necessites un Passport de America?

Applying to a  get a passport is SUPER easy. You just bring your birth certificate, two regulation sized photos (get ’em at AAA for about $10), a photo ID and pay your fee. Beware: the office is going to take your birth certificate (they will mail it back to you with your passport). The whole thing will last about 5 minutes and you’ll end up with the ability to travel the world!

U.S. Dept. of State website:

First-time applicants


Minors (under 16)

Shay at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France in 2006.

Now, Americans can get a passport (for the WORLD!) and a card to travel to Canada and Mexico for about $25. When I was a kid, I started a file with all the the places I wanted to visit. It took me a while to get started (I was 27) but I’ve managed to visit 9 counties on 3 continents. I wish I would have known it was this easy a loooong time ago.

Read more about it at:
I’m Black & I Travel
Los Angeles Times


Happy travels!



Shay Olivarria Named 2012 Woman to Watch



I am so proud to have been named a 2012 Woman to Watch by

The nomination entry: (Shay received multiple nominations but for the purpose of this post we are using just one of the nomination entries.)

“Shay is making a POSITIVE impact on the economic future of our society beginning with our youth who are our leaders and consumers of tomorrow! She does so with authenticity, passion, confidence, and purpose! I am inspired, excited and proud to watch Ms. Shay defy all of the odds of being a minority female who as a product of the foster care system! I’m SURE there are so many others who will too!”

Thank you to everyone that nominated me. Thank you to everyone that sent positive energy. Thank you for allowing me to do the work that I do in communities across the country.

Thank you.

Shay Olivarria
Financial Educator