Passionate. Relentless. Perfectionist. Innovator. Educator. Investor. Philanthropist. Community Servant. Many words are used to describe Co-Founder, Femi Faoye, but he only uses word to describe himself, Dreamer. In the most recent edition of the Trinity Reporter, the alumni magazine of Trinity College, Faoye discusses entrepreneurship, the history of D.R.E.A.M. and his plans for the future. Faoye is a proud alumnus of Trinity College and was honored to have the opportunity to share his story with the Trinity Community.
Faoye is very passionate about financial literacy education, he deems it to be "the most important education subject". Faoye, alongside Jaleni Thompson, recognized a void in the education system due to a lack of sufficient financial literacy courses offered for youth in standard school curricula. D.R.E.A.M. was established to fill that void. "How many students use calculus, earth science, or biology on a daily basis for the rest of their lives? Yet, these courses are mandated in middle school and high school. On the other hand, our personal finances are under our control 24/7 for our entire life, but we don't mandate that students take classes to bolster their financial literacy? Something is wrong here.", says Faoye. This issue has led Faoye on a personal mission to provide financial literacy education to youth all across America.
Faoye is excited as D.R.E.A.M. prepares for a major milestone in the organization's history. The first cohort of the "Invest-in-Success" program is due to graduate in June 2014. Details of the graduation and celebratory event are still being determined but Faoye asserts "it's going to be a very joyous occasion".
Although much credit is given to the Co-Founders for D.R.E.A.M.'s success thus far, Faoye acknowledges that the D.R.E.A.M. Team is really the "secret sauce" that fuels the organization. Faoye states, "Our Executive Management team, Board of Advisors, and Success Mentors are rock stars, each and every one of them".
To read the article in the Trinity Reporter, click here.
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