Through interactive workshops and exhibitions, this inaugural event will focus on building and sustaining financial literacy in Pittsburgh high school students.


The lack of financial literacy is a systemic issue that is prevalent throughout our region and nation. Although Pittsburgh Public Schools has named “financial literacy” as one of the attributes in its Graduate Profile, traditional education generally falls short in building students’ capacity to be financially independent. Makes Cents will provide an exciting and engaging opportunity for students to be exposed to the basic tenants of financial literacy as they prepare for work, college, and life. By educating students about their financial futures, we empower them to be productive and contributing citizens to our region, nation, and world.

43% of Americans are considered financially illiterate.

Focus Areas

  • Get Money: income generation, entrepreneurship
  • Save Money: budgeting, banking, savings
  • Grow Money: financial aid, investing, management, assets, liabilities, stocks, bonds
  • Spend Money: credit cards, credit score, loans


The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.

The Pittsburgh Hub of the Global Shapers is led by Allyce Pinchback.

An Initiative of the World Economic Forum


The lack of financial literacy is a systemic issue that is prevalent throughout our region and nation. Mission Commission, Inc. is a non-profit (501c3) that was created to help improve the financial acumen of our region through access, awareness, and aligned incentives. Focus areas include financial planning, health and health insurance, credit and banking, investing, and college financial aid.