ABOUT XPOSURE FOUNDATION, INC.
Xposure Foundation Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to expose children and people of all ages to the worlds of science, technology, finance, employment/work ethic, fitness/nutrition, community service and stronger parent/child partnerships. Founded in 2007 by Social Entrepreneur Raymond L. Thomas, Jr., Xposure currently operates 11 STEAM based after-school and community based programs serving youth and families across New York City and Westchester County.
Xposure’s STEAM infused Project Based Learning programming has garnered 5 NY EMMY nominations with four of those nominations announced on February 23, 2017. Using creative vehicles such as Music Production, Film-making, 2D Animation, 3D Animation/Modeling/Printing, Art & Illustration, Coding, Broadcasting and more, Xposure exposes young people to real world life skills in an interesting, engaging and skills rich way.
Xposure’s acclaimed “EARN WHILE YOU LEARN” financial literacy component teaches young people the basics of saving, earning interest and investing through age appropriate lessons and activities. Xposure partners with parents to assist them in opening custodial bank savings accounts and custodial investment accounts for their children. During scheduled bank trips students fill out deposit slips and deposit their money at the teller window. Xposure also exposes youth as young as Kindergarten to investing in the stock market. Xposure provides seed money for students who have successfully demonstrated a basic working knowledge of the stock market. Parents are invited in on “STOCK PURCHASE DAY” to share in the life shaping moment their child transforms from a consumer to an actual owner/shareholder. This experiential learning approach has helped Xposure open thousands of bank savings and investment accounts.
Founder and Social Entrepreneur Raymond L. Thomas Jr. – “Our belief is that a holistic learning approach to exploring and discovering the world is needed early in a young person’s life to open their eyes to the infinite number of possibilities they have to become successful, productive members of society. Expose them now to the life skills we know they need to be successful. Waiting until a young person is in college to open a savings and investment account is much too late. I don’t want my young people simply playing money management and stock market games in elementary and middle school, I want them taking trips to the bank to deposit money they earn. I want them actually purchasing shares of stock in Fortune 500 companies. If they can write songs, create movies and animations and code games about saving and investing money they have demonstrated a basic working knowledge of what it means to make your money work for you. Our experiential learning, project based approach is why we have been so successful creating compelling educational programming for our students and EMMY nominated content featuring them. They believe in what they are producing and with 5 NY EMMY nominations, it shows.”