Mission & Vision

To empower early-stage financial literacy and inspire generations of students to seek & lead passion-driven careers.

Innovators welcome!


Are you a student?

Connect with a leader in your field of study and earn a chance to experience the


Are you a professional?

Through our commitment to precision over praise for the tireless work we do 'behind the scenes", inspire more students towards progressive community engagements.


Are you listening?

Our Leadership in Readership WebTalk series host weekly "Celebrate Entrepreneurs" events that promote upcoming "panel speakers" and topic core financial elements such as; saving, investing, starting and maintaining a business, defining a budget, and much more. 

These FREE to listen #Common_Cents WebTalk events are hosted as multiple stage offerings and activated by sponsor support.

What is #Common_Cents?


A financial literacy initiative that converts community conversations into currency dedicated to empowering their local youth. 

Identify Problem(s):

"While most quote opinions, leaders source facts."

"The forecast for the American school system took root around the turn of the century - when racism was the way of life. In 1903, John D. Rockefeller founded the General Education Board (Rev. Fredrick T Gates served as President), which provided major funding - around $250 million ($250,000,000 of 1903 dollars would be worth: $6.8 billion back in in 2016) for schools across the country and was specifically active in promoting the State-controlled public school movement." ~Steps to Eliminate Racism

"Perspective is privilege."

Family names like The Rockefellers, Gates, Carnegies, Vanderbilts along with other financial elite used their "philanthropic" organizations to mold society by funding and pushing compulsory state schooling for the masses. With the formation of the Department of Education (DOE) in 1979, it takes little less than "common sense" to piece together why in today's schools, penmanship is being neglected and more money is pumped into prisons & entertainment than education and family values.

Define Solution(s):

With perspective towards information being the first value in its progressive application, we believe by using gamification to provide an experiential path for early-stage financial literacy, we can inspire future generations to define new dimensions of success.

Innovatorslist is the exclusive network of local business owners and professionals that use #Common_Cents™ to both inspire and sponsor this effort.



The Nickels, Dimes, and Dollars Book invites children to be the author of their own story through activities that help them develop healthy money habits that will have a positive impact on their character and well-being throughout their lives.

 WateringCanPressis a proud affiliate and product sponsor of The kidlightenment Project™ & #Common_Cents™. 


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kidlightenment™ is working tirelessly "behind the scenes" to support The Book Fairies - a literacy nonprofit that provides better access to books in high-need communities. 

Our quarterly commitment donates books to disadvantaged schools and organizations locally and worldwide.