May 26, 2023
May 26, 2023
In the summer of 2022, Block partnered with the Shawn Carter Foundation to provide free education on bitcoin for residents of the Marcy Houses in Brooklyn, New York, where Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter grew up. Dubbed the Bitcoin Academy, the program aimed to equip Marcy community members with knowledge of bitcoin specifically and the financial system in general.
Bitcoin Academy instructors included:
The Academy aimed to provide the Marcy community with financial tools and education, making space for the residents to learn more about bitcoin specifically and finance in general.
Recordings of past classes and new video tutorials are available exclusively to Marcy residents who signed up online.
Taught in person, recorded, and available online to anyone from Marcy who registered with The Bitcoin Academy.
The Academy distributed approximately 100 MiFi devices to students with a one-year limited data plan. Smartphones were also given to students who needed one. This hardware distribution was made possible by collaboration with T-Mobile.
In addition to adult classes, we hosted a half-day Saturday session for twenty-five Marcy kids aged 11–17 called “The Bitcoin Academy: Future Edition.”