Shay Olivarria is a financial education speaker, former newspaper columnist, former foster youth and author of All My Mistakes: Money lessons for emancipating youth, 10 Things College Students Need to Know About Money and Money Matters: The Get It Done in 1 Minute Workbook. She teaches personal finance to youth in foster care through her company, Bigger Than Your Block. Shay began life with a “super smart” mother who exposed her to diverse cultures, free community programs, and good schools. Her mother wanted her to experience the best things in life and instilled in her the desire and confidence to go to college. Shay was removed from her home because of her mother’s noncompliance with a treatment plan. She spent four years in the foster care system.