Financially CLEAN to be Honored at The 12th Annual Brooklyn Holiday Family Event: Turn Up to Give Back Dec 16th!

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“We are both humbled and overwhelmingly excited to be honored at the 12th Annual Brooklyn Family Holiday Fundraiser Event this year!”
— Financially CLEAN Co-Founder, Shaun Lynda
“What an awesome way to end the year, to be recognized and supported by your peers and a community you’re so proud to be a part.” 
— Financially CLEAN Co-Founder, Dionne Nicholls

We invite everyone come out and join us for a great celebration hosted by The Brooklyn Family. 

BUY your ticket HERE!





Check out last year's festivities! 

The Brooklyn Family is a group of close friends and relatives that came together during the Christmas season in the late 1990’s to host holiday parties.  Over the years, the collection of individuals hosted multiple gatherings in their Brooklyn community, strategically selecting venues operated by small business owners with the intention to have a good time while supporting local entrepreneurs.  In addition, The Brooklyn Family would also identify impactful non-profits that serve the Brooklyn community, and these selected organizations would be highlighted at the holiday event and all the proceeds of the event would be donated to the organizations.  All attendees had an opportunity to celebrate in holiday spirit while meeting mutual community stakeholders.  Each organization was given a moment during the party to describe their organization and pitch any needs of their organization to attendees. After each organization had an opportunity to inform the community of their great works and needs, the party would resume!

In 2016, after about a seven-year intermission, some of the individuals of the original Brooklyn Family host crew, decided to reignite the old annual party with a purpose.  In 10 days, The Brooklyn Family rebooted with vigor, with a fundraiser surpassing all previous years. Now, The Brooklyn Family has decided to keep the momentum and the mission with a quarterly event to highlight and promote the good work serving Brooklyn so that we can better serve the needs of our beloved Brooklyn. 

Open bar 7pm to 8:30, free food, music by DJ Fanatic and great people. Proceeds will benefit UWantGame, Financially Clean and Chionesu Bakari Program for Young Men.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Dionne Nicholls Chats it Up with Twelve Minute Convos Podcast Host Engel Jones

12 minutes well spent sharing my story with the Engel Jones, life coach and host of podcast Twelve Minute Convos. Engel (pronounced Angel) is on a mission to beat his last year’s record, having over 1000 conversations before Dec 31st, 2017 with interesting people all over the world...I’m #1392!  I had an absolute blast...Engel keep going! #12minconvos #LiveFinanciallyCLEAN
— Dionne Nicholls, Co-Founder of Financially CLEAN and Co-Host of Two Black Guys with Good Credit


Got a minute or 12?  Listen to full interview here.

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Financially CLEAN Team Sits Down to Share Their Journey with Create Your Life Series Podcaster Kevin Y. Brown

Dionne Nicholls and Shaun Lynda, Co-Founders of Financially CLEAN and Co-Hosts of personal finance podcast, Two Black Guys with Good Credit, were invited to share their story with Kevin Y. Brown who is inspiring listeners every week with his show, Create Your Life.

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In this episode Shaun and Dionne discuss their journey’s of switching careers and now investing in tomorrow’s leaders by teaching them financial literacy. They reveal their secrets of being a dynamic team and stretching their business to NBA rookies and beyond.
— Kevin Y. Brown, Host of Create Your Life Series

Two Black Guys with Good Credit takes your money calls on CBC Radio Show, Ontario Today!

Two Black Guys with Good Credit Co-host, Shaun Lynda, goes home to Canada to sit down this week with Rita Celli, host of CBC Radio show, Ontario Today, as part of their Debt Series.  Hear from the brave callers and the fun, enlightening conversation that ensues. Listen to the full show here.

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Black Enterprise names Shaun Lynda, Co-Founder a BE Modern Man 2017

Shaun Lynda, Co-Founder of Financially CLEAN, makes the Black Enterprise 100 Modern Man 2017 List!! Congratulations!! Keep up the great work!! Read full article here.

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Shaun Lynda celebrates his nomination with his little Modern Men at the Black Enterprise Excel Summit honoring some legendary ones at the PGA National Resort in West Palm Peach, FL August 30th - September 3rd, 2017. Congressman John Lewis, Comedian Robert Townsend and Lonnie G. Bunch, III, Founding Director of African American Smithsonian Museum to name a few.  Bravo!

Financially CLEAN Makes Headlines! BLACK ENTERPRISE MAGAZINE Takes You Inside the Classroom

BLACK ENTERPRISE gives you a fly on wall the view of how Financially CLEAN takes a straight-talk, strategic approach to teaching young people the core financial principles they need to succeed.

Journalist, Robin White-Goode, joins the students of college mentorship access program, Boys Hope Girls Hope to see how Financially CLEAN teaches the concept of credit.

Journalist, Robin White-Goode, joins the students of college mentorship access program, Boys Hope Girls Hope to see how Financially CLEAN teaches the concept of credit.

Journalist, Robin White-Goode had the opportunity to sit in on a class to see how, Co-Founder and Instructor, Shaun Lynda engages the students to learn complex financial concepts in a fun and interactive way using a delivery that is relatable to them.

Read the full article here to get an inside look.

It is our goal to create a safe space for kids to talk about personal finance. When we see the students’ hands shooting up in the air, firing questions, initiating robust discussions, laughing and having a good time in the classroom, that’s when we know we are connecting and that’s when the magic happens!
— Dionne Nicholls, Program Director

Good Shepherds Life Link College Students say it loud, "They are Living Financially CLEAN and Proud!"

Our graduating class of summer 2017. An amazing group of college students who sacrificed hot summer days to learn important life skills --financial literacy. Good Shepherds Services Life Link college mentorship program is developing the stars of tomorrow! 

Co-Founder Dionne Nicholls spent Friday afternoon teaching Personal Branding to the students of Life Link college access mentorship program. She was so moved by one of the graduating students who shares how Financially CLEAN impacted him.  #LiveFinanciallyCLEAN


It was 5 friends that came together a little over a year ago to launch the podcast TWO BLACK GUYS WITH GOOD CREDIT, to help further the mission of the financial literacy youth program, Financially CLEAN, founded by Dionne Nicholls and Shaun Lynda in 2015, when school teachers and administration kept asking if there were classes for adults. "From day one it was our goal to make a podcast about personal finance that people of all ages would find educational, entertaining and inspire change along the way. It looks like it is resonating.", says Shaun Lynda, co-host of Two Black Guys with Good Credit.

"To rank 4th on the Black Enterprise Best Black-Hosted Smart, Funny Podcast List for 2017 is humbling and an honor.", shares Dionne Nicholls, co-host, otherwise known as The Lady with the Facts.

Read full story here.

Each episode we let you peer into the barbershop banter that Shaun and I have been doing for over 20 years, doused with a little history and stats, thanks to Dionne, another long time friend, to deliver important information in a cool, fun and accessible way. We hoped we would touch a few lives and make a difference. The recognition from Black Enterprise is the icing on the cake.
— Arlington Forbes --One Black Guy with Good Credit

The Two Black Guys with Good Credit crew says thank you to everyone who has listened and supported us along this journey. And, now we keep going!

Peace, Love and Finance!

A Special Thank You to All of our Guest Speakers

Thank you to all those who took time out of their busy schedules to make the Financially CLEAN session at Civil Rights, WATCH, FDNY and PATH High Schools so memorable for our students.  You life journeys and career paths certainly left them inspired opening their eyes professions that many could see themselves doing one day --Real Estate Brokers, Digital Marketers, Business Entrepreneurs, Fashion Trend Forecasters and Account Managers, Stock Brokers, Legal Transcribers.  We couldn't have done it without you!

Hear from Kwadwo Boachie-Adjei our Graduation Keynote Speaker his experience in the classroom. Kwadwo is a Public Health Professional, a Harvard Graduate who played college basketball Syracuse during his undergrad.


Financially CLEAN is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit financial literacy youth program. If you would like to see our course in a school near you or would like to become a sponsor, get involved by giving your time or a donation please contact Dionne Nicholls, Program Director or visit


Saran Nurse, Brooklyn business owner of Kikis Pet Spa & Grooming Boutiques. Inspiring our students to follow their dreams with a solid financial game plan.

PATH High School student surprises Guest Speaker, Fashion Trend Forecaster, Roxana Naranjo, and the Financially CLEAN team with a thank you note and shares her dream of pursuing a career in fashion.

PATH High School student surprises Guest Speaker, Fashion Trend Forecaster, Roxana Naranjo, and the Financially CLEAN team with a thank you note and shares her dream of pursuing a career in fashion.