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Our Mission

Living Smart provides unique proactive curriculum for youth, organizations, schools, and individuals. Our certified educators teach vital life skills and self-sustainability in the classroom and through hands-on real-life opportunities. Our comprehensive program encourages students to “LEARN while they EARN” with on-the-job training at the Living Smart Farmers Markets. All education programs and trainings are supported through our Farmers Markets, sponsorships, partnerships, grants and individual donations.

Our Objectives




The Living Smart Foundation has six main objectives:

  1. To supply educational tools and resources so that young people can receive training that will help them recognize entrepreneurship as a real career choice and become more knowledgeable and confident about starting a business, as well as managing their personal finances. As a result, these youth will be better prepared to earn a living through making their own jobs via entrepreneurship, and they will be equipped with the practical skills to earn, spend, save, invest, and manage money wisely.

  2. To promote national awareness of the vital need for all students to be trained in financial literacy and business enterprise so that students grow up to become financially responsible citizens who live self-sufficient and productive lives, make valuable business contributions to society, and become role models for future generations.

  3. To provide training, inspiration, and educational tools for parents, teachers, and youth leaders to begin teaching their young people about managing money, saving for the future, avoiding debt, budgeting, thinking more entrepreneurially, and looking for opportunities to use their talents and skills in the development of business enterprises.

  4. To develop a strategy for entrepreneurship and financial literacy advocacy within specific target markets, pulling together local business leaders, educational policy-makers, education systems, organizations, families, and other supporters who will work together to create policies, raise awareness, develop solutions, and deliver local training events, programs, and activities for youth and their teachers.

  5. To promote community outreach and volunteer programs for youth to incorporate into their social and business ethics and to prepare them for the job market by creating job opportunities and hands-on, on-the-job experience for career and skills building. 

  6. To provide on-the-job training experiences for teens ages 14+ in a “teaching business model” for students to receive ongoing hard and soft skills education through weekly lessons that they practice on-the-job while earning a wage and utilizing the financial education skills gained through our programs to plan and manage the use of the income earned. 

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