FEEL’s education platform rests on the idea that proper life management is directly connected to one’s ability to properly identify the feelings and emotional needs that motivate actions. To address this we have created a tailored curriculum that not only teaches basic personal finance, like how to budget and save properly, but more importantly how to analyze feelings, needs, personal expression, and to understand their connection to spending and saving habits.

Participants learn how to recognize the emotional needs behind their spending, how to separate emotional decisions from financial ones, and how to transform negative habits into positive ones, which all lead to proper life management. A focus on life management rather than financial knowledge underscores the notion that financial health is actually the byproduct of a healthy lifestyle, rather than a unique skill or advanced education, making it accessible to all people and particularly beneficial to those living in disenfranchised communities.

Currently, financial literacy curriculums available are failing to impact average Americans because (1) they are bloated with inaccessible language and concepts, and (2) they do not address the connection between emotions and financial mismanagement. Contrary, FEEL’s easy to use approach, with an emphasis on storytelling, will equip people with the good habits necessary to change the trajectory of their lives and bypass the negative personal judgments often felt by those trying to get hold of their financial situations.

Incarcerated Person’s Guide

The Incarcerated Person’s Guide to FEEL is tailored to the experience of incarcerated adults and youth. The Incarcerated Person’s Guide provides participants with the tools necessary to build safe learning environments while incarcerated. To do this we emphasize violence reduction and the challenging of belief systems through storytelling. We believe it is essential for classes taught in institutions to first equip students to safely navigate their incarceration, before being introduced to traditional education approaches. After establishing this foundation, The Incarcerated Person’s Guide to FEEL will use examples from day-to-day life as an incarcerated person to learn about financial management including canteen purchases, packages, and PIA jobs.

Student’s Guide

The Student’s Guide to FEEL is tailored to the experience of high school students. The Student’s Guide will provide youth with tools to better navigate their personal and professional lives. Students will learn how communicate effectively, productively use their critical thinking habits, build strong relationships to increase their economic opportunities, and increase self-awareness. After establishing this foundation, The Student’s Guide will use examples from day-to-day life as a high school student to learn about financial management.

Professional Development

We offer education professionals an opportunity to delve deeply into the school-to-prison pipeline problem by directly meeting with our advisory board in San Quentin – many of whom were incarcerated as juveniles. Our team has developed strategies for early intervention that will simultaneously empower teachers and school administration to build better relationships with their students for more effective learning, while keeping our youth in school and out of institutions.

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