About DCU Next Generation

DCU Next Generation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to preventing generational poverty through financial literacy. Founded in 2018 we expanded our mission to ensure that financial education is easily accessible, understandable, and introduced earlier in life.

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Cultivating healthy financial literacy environments for underserved communities through early education, entrepreneurship opportunities, and engaged advocacy.


Financial education that is accessible, equitable, and inclusive promoting financially thriving and resilient communities.

Our Story

While leading a financial literacy program at a local elementary school in Ypsilanti, our co-founder and executive director, Godfrey Aguwa Jr., ran into a dilemma. Although the students were eagerly engaged in the activities, some of the concepts were a little difficult to truly understand and visualize.

This is because finances is a topic usually geared towards adults-especially those in higher socioeconomic statuses or environments. And even if it is accessible it usually comes at a high price tag or is so personal it’s not relatable to the general public. So, here’s the question…

“How do you make financial education engaging and accessible on a greater community level?”

His solution-DCU Next Generation!

DCU Next Generation (DCUNG) is the nonprofit arm of Dollars & Cents University, hence the DCU, which works to provide K-12 financial education. DCUNG applies the same passion for youth financial education however we complement our work by establishing safe financial opportunities through galvanized community support.

We believe financial education plus financial opportunities yields success. Of course, what better way for individuals to reach success than through an encouraging and supportive community dedicated to seeing the growth of it’s next generation thrive financially.

Our Focus

We Believe...

  • Financial education can be fun
  • Financial literacy is essential
  • Financial education should be interactive
  • People want to learn what to do not told what to do
  • Technology changes the financial landscape
  • Everyone's opinion matters
  • Each generation has its own unique challenges
  • Poverty hurts everyone