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She’s empowering youths through financial literacy

“I don’t know how to explain it. I had a nagging feeling I was supposed to give birth to something big,” said Marcy Reyes.

Reyes always had an innate sense of being a change-maker. Successful corporate roles, including serving as assistant vice president of consumer credit for Santander Bank, and initiatives were satisfying, but she still wanted to give back more. For her, it wasn’t a question of what she’d do to make a mark on her community, it was more a sense of when.

It’s why she founded The Financial Literacy Youth Initiative in 2017. “I was talking about a financial literacy program for years and years … it never really went away.” Nor did the need for the FLY Initiative among underrepresented students living within environments of generational poverty.

The program is making its mark, said Daniel Kuhn, vice president at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Providence, a member of Reyes’ graduating class at Rhode Island College.


Tim Talks To: Social Entrepreneur Marcy Reyes of the Financial Literacy Youth Initiative (FLYi) - NGPF Podcast

NGPF Podcast:

Tim Talks to

Social Entrepreneur

Marcy Reyes of the Financial Literacy Youth Initiative (FLYi)

Driven to serve others by educating them to become financially capable, Marcy Reyes has found several ways to accomplish this mission. She teaches at Rhode Island College while also leading a non-profit that she founded to support high school students. Oh, all this while holding down a full-time job with a health insurer. She is clearly someone motivated to serve others by teaching them valuable skills about managing their money. In this podcast, you will hear Marcy share her story and the reasons why she is so passionate about  financial education, the path from the vision to the reality of starting a non-profit and where she wants to take the FLY organization in the future. With Marcy at the helm, they are sure to soar!! Enjoy!



Congratulations to the Financial Literacy Youth Initiative’s Founder/Executive Director Marcy Reyes, which has won a Silver Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year (Category: Government or Non-Profit - 10 or Less Employees)

The 15th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business recognize female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run.

Being our inaugural year, the FLY Initiative is honored to have our Founder and Executive Director awarded. This year, more than 1,500 nominations were submitted by organizations and individuals around the world for consideration in more than 90 categories... including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women and Women-Run Workplace of the Year.

“I am exceptionally honored to be recognized for the great work The FLY Initiative is doing in our communities,” says Marcy Reyes, Founder and Executive Director. “With this recognition we hope to raise awareness, create advocacy and increase sponsorship opportunities for the organization to help expand our mission in ending generational poverty.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie winners in all categories are available at:

The FLY Initiative wins silver Stevie® Award in 2018 Stevie Awards for Women in Business


The Financial Literacy Youth Initiative is excited to provide our students with the Naviance experience as we empower youth with the tools and resources they need to secure a future of financial wellness.

StrengthsExplorer, the Gallup strengths-based assessment in Naviance, allows our students to succeed by focusing on what they do best! Paired with Naviance college and career preparation tools, our students create a personalized plan that helps them throughout their academic journey.


In addition, we are excited to partner with Claudia Cardozo, a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach with over 10 years of experience, to provide our students with an in-depth understanding of how to leverage their strengths well into the future.

FLY + Naviance,

Making it personal.

The FLY Initiative provides Rhode Island inner city youth with the “gold” standard in financial literacy programming through a dynamic, interactive and engaging semester long program. Students who complete the program participate in an annual award ceremony, held in April in recognition of Financial Wellness Month. Students who complete the program are also eligible to attend an international volunteer opportunity as peer educators and to receive a $500 book scholarship from Rhode Island College as an attending undergraduate student.

Program Director, Marcy Reyes, joins The Rhode Show to share more about the program!


Marcy Reyes, RIC Alumni Association

Marcy Reyes Named to Board of

Directors of RIC Alumni Association

We are excited and honored to have our Founder/Executive Director: Marcy Reyes named to the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island College Alumni Association!

It is such an exciting time at the college! President Frank D. Sanchez and his leadership team are doing an amazing job creating change that will revolutionize the way we approach secondary education.  

In her new role Marcy will contribute by increasing diversity, developing and supporting pivotal programming while fostering strategic partnerships across the organization.

Marcy Reyes, PBN

Our Founder MARCY REYES, had the distinct privilege to be the first guest speaker at Central High-school’s FUSE Academy, located in Providence, RI. 75 Juniors attended to get more information about financial planning for college. Many thanks to Ms. Emily Lysaght for the opportunity and for the great work she is doing with the students of CHS.

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