Hinson Middle Alum Visits School to Discuss Minecraft World He Helped Develop

Ally Presents $10,000 Check to Hinson Middle

DELAND – David C. Hinson Sr. Middle School welcomed back Alumnus Keishon Smith, who spoke to students in person and livestreamed throughout the campus about a new Minecraft game he developed with his colleagues at Ally Financial. The game, Fintropolis, teaches middle school students money concepts by incorporating financial lessons into the blockbuster video game platform. It is the first full-featured financial education world in Minecraft and one of only 29 free, educational worlds on the Minecraft Marketplace. 

Fintropolis introduces students to the early building blocks for their future financial success. The game prompts students to explore the City of Fintropolis while earning gold to purchase homes and learning the value of making sound financial decisions like earning and spending vs saving. Other concepts taught in Fintropolis include career and job opportunities, taxes, cash flow, budgeting, credit vs. debt, investing and identity protection.

Smith is a graduate from Seabreeze High School and Florida A&M University. He joined Ally Financial, a digital financial services company, as a technical analyst in 2020 just after his college graduation. In 2019, Smith participated in Ally’s Moguls in the Making business pitch competition. During the competition, his team developed an educational ecosystem that leveraged online courses, co-working spaces, and unique experiences to drive economic mobility in the City of Detroit. After the competition, Smith accepted an internship offer, working at Ally’s TM Studio, the ideation and concept creation department. As an intern, Smith and his team were tasked with developing a financial literacy program for middle schoolers, which is where the concept of Fintropolis originated.  

Ally engaged with Blockwords, a world-leading Minecraft design collective, to create the new world, which officially launched in August. To-date, Fintropolis has been downloaded more than 2 million times. The Fintropolis world is free to Minecraft users. You will need the Minecraft platform to access Fintropolis. 

Ally also presented Hinson Middle School with a check for $10,000.

Congratulations to Keishon, and many thanks to Ally Financial for the generous donation.

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