Social/Emotional Intelligence & Financial Literacy
FEEL’s Philosophy incorporates the idea that reaching your financial goals and proper life management is directly connected to your ability to accurately identify the feelings and emotional needs that motivate your actions. To address this, Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll created a tailored curriculum that not only teaches personal finance, like how to budget , save , and Invest but more importantly how to analyze your feelings, your needs, your personal expression, and how to understand their connection to your spending , savings, and investing habits.
You will learn how to recognize the emotional needs behind your spending, how to separate the emotional decisions from the financial ones, and how to transform negative habits into positive ones, which all lead to your financial goals and 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. “Equity is the superior growth model.”
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.
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.