WHO WE ARE

THE BIG IDEA

We provide accessible, digestible, financial information that resonates with the youth of today. No big words, no fancy jargon, just simple to understand and easy to apply, so they can stack their bread and stack their knowledge.

FINANCIAL EDUCATION IS BROKEN, LET’S FIX THAT

The world of finance can be a scary place at times. Most finance programs are tailored towards adults and don’t take into account the cultural nuances and the diversity of individuals and young people. On top of that, most financial advice centers around making more income, money assumptions, and a whole load of cultural biases.

But what if you’re from a marginalized community? What if you’ve never had a bank account? What if all the adults around you have never spoken to you about money?

Rather than the traditional one-size-fits-all approach for financial education, we decided to facilitate a long-term solution for young people in financial literacy and money management. Our methods provide practical, real-life insight into gaining financial knowledge along with a set of stackable skills that form a solid foundation for their financial future.

TAILORED SUPPORT FOR ALL SITUATIONS

FOR INDIVIDUALS

Everyone's financial situation is different, so your solution will also be different. Our 1-on-1 counseling offers a judgement-free, human approach to help you reach your financial goals.

FOR GROUPS

Our workshops provide a collaborative environment for youth to gain stackable skills and build their financial foundation. From budgeting and credit to debt management and savings, we got you covered.

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GENUINE HELP FROM GENUINE PEOPLE

We’re not like other agencies and non-profits. We empathize with the problems our members are facing and pride ourselves on the authentic approach we take in helping to fix them. To us, they’re as much a part of The Stack Project as we are, and this shared responsibility drives our sense of commitment. We sum this up as:

when your money is good so is your mental

YOUTH FOCUSED
COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
SET UP FOR SUCCESS
JUST IN CASE

YOUTH FOCUSED

We developed The Stack Project as a youth-focused, financial empowerment program that contextualizes the modern financial world within youth culture today.

Stack embodies youth development principles, situational learning, and money speak that’s focused on the world that they live in.

COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

Our programs foster a collaborative learning experience that utilizes existing technologies, entertainment, and real-life situational training to teach various aspects of money management and consumer decision-making.

SET UP FOR SUCCESS

Isn’t it strange how we end up making some of life’s biggest monetary decisions when we have the least financial knowledge?

Rather than wait until they’re stuck with a mountain of credit card and student loan debt, why not teach young people the fundamentals of finance early and help them to make informed decisions.

JUST IN CASE

Money isn’t just for spending… it also gives you options and lets you be in control of your life. What if you learned about savings and emergency funds, so that you can build your financial future?

At Stack, we teach young people how to save on any income level, so they can stack their bread and stack their knowledge.

don’t worry, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. we’re fun, creative, we fight over the best music artists, dependable, and we stand on integrity. let’s get stacked!
Phil Nelson
Founder

THE STACK SQUAD

PHIL NELSON
FOUNDER
Past music and tech executive, if he’s not providing direct services to clients or fixing someone's credit score, he’s stressing the importance of economic justice. Leisurely, he’s either riding his bike, discovering minimalist architecture or shuffling his Spotify playlist from soca, to hip hop.
CHRIS SABIN
SR DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Through media, event activation and brand partnerships, Chris has worked with some iconic brands from Ford and Burger King to healthcare companies Novartis and GSK. As a brand strategist, he's helped brands deliver a clear and distinct message and his time as a school board member has given him a unique perspective on youth education and how to push higher learning forward. He's empowered by helping communities work smarter together and simply states, "it's part of my DNA."
Miriam jones
DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE KNOWLEDGE PROGRAM
A Brooklyn native and college enthusiast, Miriam has worked in College Access and Higher Education since 2014. In that time, she's helped hundreds of seniors choose the right institution while guiding them on the ins and outs of obtaining extra money for school. In addition to caring about the academic future of the youth within her community, she also spends her free time teaching New Yorkers how to ride bikes and rescuing stray animals.
amy trost
WORDSLINGER / GRANT SPECIALIST
Known to be a word-slinger with big vision, Amy works to create prosperous communities world-wide. Her expertise in the nonprofit sector span more than twenty years, and in 2012 she received her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She uses her skills and knowledge to promote a variety of non-profit causes and has made serving others her life passion.
michael grannum
ADVISOR
VINCENT SPRUILL
ADVISOR
KORIN KIRK
ADVISOR
RASHIDA REED-GORDON
ADVISOR

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