Lynwood Mayor Aide Castro photo bombs financial education speaker Shay Olivarria during Mad City Money reality fair hosted by The Center for Financial Empowerment.

Lynwood Mayor Aide Castro photo bombs financial education speaker Shay Olivarria during Mad City Money reality fair hosted by The Center for Financial Empowerment.


“Words cannot express how excited I was to have you as a guest speaker for The American Airlines Federal Credit Union’s 2nd Annual Boot Camp for teens. Shay you definitely delivered an informative message about “Spending  to get the future you want”. As I looked around during your presentation I could clearly see that you captured each and every one’s attention. The feedback was phenomenal, even the parents and staff were impressed. By any measure you are a very effective speaker and educator.

I want you to know that this was the first year that our department was about to welcome a guest speaker and I’m glad that we chose you. Thanks for being an advocate and supporter of Credit Unions and for your desire to educate our youth on financial literacy. You gave me a new sense of pride in my career.

I wish you continued success and I hope we get the chance to work together again soon. This event would not have been a success without you. On behalf of myself, all the Credit Union Staff, parents, and the teens in attendance, I want you to know that we really appreciate your passion and positive energy. It was an experience none of us will soon forget. Thank you.”


Cynthia Coleman, CFC

Certified Financial Counselor

Credit Education Department Manager


Cal State Long Beach Shay Olivarria


“You have an amazing personality and great sense of humor. We learned so much about common financial misconceptions, but the great part was that you made it easy to understand and you kept us engaged. It was also pretty nice that you took the time to answer questions from the audience afterwards. As you know, most students are not that excited about personal finance so it was wonderful that you related to the people in the audience and really made us feel like we could participate by asking questions, laughing, and taking notes.

As soon as your presentation was over I started thinking about all of the different conferences and panels that you’d be great for on campus. Based on the written evaluations and verbal feedback, our students really enjoyed the presentation.

I look forward to having you return to Cal State Long Beach.”

Best Regards,

Irving F. Barcenas

Program Assistant

USU Program Council

California State University, Long Beach


Purple Project Foster Care Conference Shay Olivarria



“On behalf of the Administration for Children’s Services, Division of Family Permanency Service’s Youth Financial Empowerment Program, we would like to thank you for your participation in this year’s Financial Literacy Month Event. As the presenter, you imparted valuable information to our youth and staff that will impact their future decision making process.  By providing your lessons learned, along with an environment for open discussion and involvement, participants were given an opportunity to think about how they would like to improve their spending habits for the future. Based on the completed evaluations, your wealth of knowledge and experience was appreciated.

We truly appreciated the additional time you committed to talking to each youth who sought your advice. Since youth were provide an opportunity to have your book signed, every participant, staff included, wanted to not only obtain a signature, but obtain personalized advice and congratulate you for all that you have accomplished.  You delivered each personalized advice with patience and care. The line of youth and staff seeking to speak to you truly demonstrated how they were able to connect with you and what you shared.

The event held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the Children Center was successful in large part to you and we are truly grateful for your participation.  We look forward to future collaborations with you.

Thank you for caring and truly sharing of yourself.”

Respectfully yours,

Marsha Y. Davis

The Youth Financial Empowerment Program