Teach By Tech – Financial Literacy for Refugees in Colorado

Date grant awarded: July 6, 2018

Linnie and Andrew Pawlek founded Teach By Tech, a non-profit organization focused on making quality education accessible to vulnerable populations. Their initiative, Financial Literacy for Refugees in Colorado, uses the hybrid model of education (50% in class instruction; 50% video module instruction) to instruct and promote financial literacy for refugees resettled in the Denver metro area of Colorado. Over the past 9 years, Colorado has resettled over 18,000 refugees. Many have limited education and little knowledge of personal finances.

They believe that when refugees have the tools they need to make informed financial decisions, they are able to transition into their new communities more successfully and attain self-sufficiency more quickly. This Pollination Project Impact grant allows them to develop their hybrid model, which they believe offers a greater opportunity for course completion while engaging refugees in ESL, financial literacy concepts, and digital literacy.