Alli Jakubek

Full Biography:

Alli is a senior studying Economics at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Though she isn’t studying education, she is passionate about the advancement of financial education for underserved youth. Her goal is to work her way through the twisted mess of public education to deliver high quality, interactive, financial education programs for children in need of formal financial education. In her four years at Mary Washington, she has happily served as the President of her a cappella group, The One Note Stand and competed in competitions and events all over the east coast. She delights in the opportunity to pursue her passions for economics, education, and music each and every day.

Project Title:

Teaching through Trust: Community Based Financial Literacy

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You definitely need to check out:

VCU’s – Make it Real Campaign – Ta’s Garden

We asked each of our student presenters 5 questions:

1. When you think of the word “social justice”, who’s the first person who comes to mind?


2. What is the book (or books) you’ve given most often as a gift?

Freakonomics” by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

3. If you could have one gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say?

Be still.

4. What advice would you give to your younger self? And, please place where you’re at the time, and what you were doing.

I would have told myself my freshman year of high school to wear crocs to school. To sing in the hallways. To talk to the people I ignored because I thought I was too good for them. It wasn’t until I was 18 that I decided it was time to get over my crippling fear of how others saw me.

5. How has a failure set you up for later success?

I see each failure as a success. Failure is an indication that I got off my butt and did something. I feel like way too often, people use failure as an excuse as to why they haven’t started doing what they have been called to do.