Helping Kids in Care Succeed

Reading about kids aging out of foster care makes me sick. Literally. I aged out at 17 and I didn’t realize that the crappy education and skill set that I had was so much more than many of the other kids received. I wrote this book because I want to help the kids that are still n care have access to as much information as I can.

Order copies for your case load, kids in your group home, and kids in your school.

Everything from finding an apartment and getting the utilities turned on to paying for college and saving for retirement are covered. Resources for emancipating youth shared from organizations across the country are also included. This edition includes a bonus chapter on resumes, interviewing, and career advice.

Shay spoke at a financial education event for kids in care hosted by New York ACS. You care hire Shay to speak at your event as well.
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We have to start preparing kids in care to take care of themselves. The statistics are too sad. There is no reason that:

Outcomes during transition from care to adulthood National data Regional or Local data
Earned a high school diploma 54% 50% – 63%
Obtained a Bachelor’s degree or higher 2% 2%
Became a parent 84% 42%
Were unemployed 51% 30%
Had no health insurance 30% 29%
Had been homeless 25% 36%
Were receiving public assistance 30% 26%

From Foster Care  Alumni

These numbers are unacceptable. We have to do something to help.

Shay Olivarria is the most dynamic financial education speaker working today. She speaks at high schools, colleges, and companies across the country. She has written three books on personal finance, including Amazon Best Seller “Money Matters: The Get It Done in 1 Minute Workbook”. Shay has been quoted on,, NBC Latino and The Credit Union Times, among others. To schedule Shay to speak at your event visit

ACS Financial Education Event


Shay Olivarria was the keynote at the ACS Financial Education event in New York City April 11, 2011. The event was held at The Children’s Place on 1st Ave and 28th. Everyone had a great time! There were some great vendors at the event:

CheckSpring (community) Bank – They are a local community bank that’s mission is to provide financial services to the local community. They have branches in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx.

Department of Consumer Affairs – They have loads of good things going on, but the thing that really stood out was the Safe Start Program. If you can’t open an account at a financial institution because you’re on ChexSystems you might be able through this program. Through the Save USA Program you may also be able to earn $500  for letting your tax  return grow in an approved financial institution.

Henkels & McCoy – They provide job services to 17 to 21 year olds that are not enrolled in school.

IRS – Darrell Weinberg talked about free  services in the city. Did you know you could get your taxes done for free.

SBA – They were on hand to answer any questions about starting a small business. Check them out if you’ve ever considered starting a business.

Candi Sparks was also there. She wrote a book called Can I Have Some Money? (Volume 3) Max Gets It! Pick up your copy for $10 on


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