Jack Dorsey and Jay-Z Collaborate on Bitcoin Brooklyn Education Program

Hip-hop artist and legendary producer from New York, Jay-Z has teamed up with Cash App founder Jack Dorsey to launch “The Bitcoin Academy”, an educational program advocating the democratic vision that “education is is power”.

Exclusively available to residents of the Marcy Project social housing complex in New York City, the program will begin June 22 and run through September 7 with in-person and online participation options. The free educational program is designed to improve access to financial information and promote inclusive opportunities.

Taught by educators Lamar Wilson of the Black Bitcoin Billionaire and Najah J. Roberts of the Crypto Blockchain Plug, specific lesson details are sparse at this time, but topics surrounding Bitcoin’s need, usefulness, and vision as well as the literature general financial are all expected.

Children between the ages of 5 and 17 were also encouraged to join “Crypto Kids Camp” at two of the Saturday events, while adult attendees will receive a portable WiFi hotspot device, a limited data plan, and more. a year and a smartphone, if necessary.

Dorsey said he was inspired by the results of bitcoin initiatives that supported a small portion of African and Central and South American populations. He said the overarching goal is to “prove that making powerful tools more accessible to people allows them to develop greater independence.”

Settling potential fears of favoritism or maximalism towards the leading cryptocurrency asset, Dorsey said the program aims to go beyond teaching Bitcoin to conversations surrounding “long-term thinking, local economies and self-confidence”.

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Dorsey and Jay-Z – personal name Shawn Carter – are both voice-aware figures in the cryptocurrency and Web3 landscape. The former has made strides in spotlighting crypto through the Block and Cash app, while Carter is synonymous with his CryptoPunk avatar and his passion for artistic self-reliance on the blockchain.

The duo co-own a multimillion-dollar music label called Tidal, which hinted at a desire to integrate non-fungible tokens (NFTs) into its streaming service last year.

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