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

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


Black Enterprise takes a front row seat...

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, they’re 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 the Friday afternoon teaching Personal Branding and was so moved by one of the graduating students from the Life Link college access mentorship program 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 GUY WTH 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 Marketing, Business Entrepreneurs, Fashion Trend Forecasting and Account Management, Stock Broker, Legal Transcription, Fashion Account.  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 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 Financially CLEAN team with a thank you note and shares her dream of pursuing a career in fashion.

Chipotle and Financially CLEAN Invite Brooklyn to Eat for Change Today

On Tuesday June 13th, Chipotle Mexican Grille in Brooklyn on Myrtle Ave is partnering with Financially CLEAN to make early financial education accessible to under resourced high schools. 50% of proceeds from sales today will go to fund programming --giving Taco Tuesday a whole new meaning. See complete details below.

Financially CLEAN has graduated close to 800 students in less than 2 years and with the help of organizations like Chipotle and the support of the community we hope to double that number next year.
— Shaun Lynda

Dionne Nicholls, Program Director for CLEAN sharing financial life lessons with the students of PATH High School.  

Lafayette 148 NY x Financially Clean Fundraiser Recap

Our first fundraiser of the year was held this past April during Financial Literacy Awareness Month at the 8th floor concept store of Lafayette 148 NY, a women’s clothing brand based in New York City. As part of the collaborative event, Lafayette 148 NY provided a 10% discount on their spring collection with a portion of the proceeds designated for Financially CLEAN programming and outreach.  

Guests were treated to a warm atmosphere of networking, delectable bites, and heartfelt speeches by co-founders Shaun Lynda and Dionne Nicholls as well as those who have been impacted positively by Financially CLEAN’s educational teaching. In addition, co-chairs Sheila Brandenburg and her daughter were present to showcase the latest Lafayette 148 NY fashions and mingle with guests. 

Financially CLEAN is appreciative of the support of the attendees, co-hosts, Lafayette 148 NY. 

It's Giving Tuesday! Help Support Early Financial Education

Financially CLEAN, is a financial literacy youth program designed to teach high school and college students how to manage, grow and protect their money in a fun, interactive way.

According to a 2014 study by JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, 95% of high school seniors and 75% of graduating college students in the United States are financially illiterate.

You can join the movement by becoming a volunteer or by giving a donation to help ensure that financial education is a permanent part of the school curriculum, so that every child is financially literate before they apply for their first credit card.


Financially CLEAN is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

Canada is Living Financially CLEAN -- Congratulations to our Ottawa University Graduating Class November 2016

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa is pushing the envelope to ensure their students are not only equipped with a good education but the soft skills necessary to succeed in this competitive world we live in. Financially CLEAN is proud to have been part of this important initiative.  

Kicking things off with a live podcast taping of our financial show, TWO BLACK GUYS WITH GOOD CREDIT and a 4-week workshop series. We saw students become more empowered in what they considered a safe space to talk about personal finance.  Such a humbling and rewarding experience for all. 

The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences was on hand for the graduation ceremony to distribute their certificates of completion so they can now officially say the are, "Living Financially CLEAN!"

Graduating Class November 2016

Graduating Class November 2016

Dionne Nicholls, Program Director of Financially CLEAN along with Shaun Lynda, Co-Founder and Dean Merette, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Ottawa.

Dionne Nicholls, Program Director of Financially CLEAN along with Shaun Lynda, Co-Founder and Dean Merette, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Ottawa.

Financially CLEAN Cheers on NYC Marathoners and the Importance of Early Financial Education

It was a great day for Financially CLEAN to be out in the community cheering our marathoners and the importance of financial literacy in the classroom. Thank you to all our volunteers who came out and our sponsors who helped us spread the word! We could not have pulled it off without you. Special thanks to Diego the Financially CLEAN mascot!

We appreciate the support of our corporate sponsors: Mekelburgs, TD Bank, Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn,  t-shirts and brochures provided by Comik Ink.

Financially CLEAN Dream Team!

Financially CLEAN Dream Team!