Shay Olivarria, B.A.
Shay Olivarria has worked with youth in a variety of settings for more than 10 years. While in Los Angeles, she worked directly with youth through the city’s Recreation Department. In Philadelphia, she developed and managed a 21st Century after-school program and a truancy intervention program for a local community service agency. Her professional and personal experiences drive her to work with students considered to be “at risk,” and she enjoys and excels at creating a space for safe and open dialogue among students and teachers.
Shay’s other work is in financial education advocacy. Her company, Bigger Than Your Block, has worked with individuals across the country in schools, conferences and business settings since 2007. She has written two books on personal finance, one of which is an Amazon.com best seller. Encouraging youth and adults to learn more about personal finance and use their agency to improve their lives is a passion.
Shay earned a B.A. in anthropology from California State University Dominguez Hills with a minor in business management. Her desire was to merge anthropology with management principles. As a candidate for her M.A. in anthropology from the University of North Texas, she traveled to the Dominican Republic to study international micro loan programs. Shay has traveled to ten countries on four continents and looks forward to continue engaging with the world.