For so long I lived paycheck to paycheck. My parents taught me about a lot of things but financial literacy wasn’t one of them. It’s a conversation Black people just don’t have in their homes. So we carry on a life of poverty and irresponsible spending habits. That’s why it’s important that we all know about the Money Matters Financial Literacy Program.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Chevrolet have teamed up to host a series of workshops to educate Black consumers on financial literacy. It’s a way for participants in develop concrete steps toward financial security. The goals is to demystify the complexities of college financing, understanding credit, share the benefits of long-term money management, and offer helpful insights on entrepreneurship and establishing a personal brand. As an adult I am learning the while material things cannot secure your happiness, financial freedom can!
I encourage you to head out to the New York event on September 10th. The curriculum for that day is taught by some of the nation’s leading public and private sector financial experts and is geared toward helping a cross-section of participants at various levels of financial literacy.
- Budgeting Basics – i.e. how to create and manage a personal budget, pay off debt, and help protect yourself from fraud. Dominique Broadway – Personal Finance Expert and Money Therapist
- Understanding Credit – i.e. understanding how to apply for credit, the meaning of credit scores, cleaning up credit history, and understanding debt. Bill Cheeks – President, ABBA Associates Inc.
- College Financing – i.e. overview of financial options to consider when planning for college, including Financial Aid Programs. Jessica Brown – Financial Aid Counselor, Howard University
- Investing 101 – i.e. how to find multiple sources of income, stocks vs. other investments, creating a simple portfolio. Gail Perry-Mason – Senior Director of Investments, Oppenheimer & Co.
- Entrepreneurship – i.e. how to establish your personal brand and get your idea off the ground. Valeisha Butterfield-Jones – CEO, Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN); Head of Black Community Engagement, Google
Participants can expect to walk away from the sessions with tools and resources to develop best practices that will help support stronger financial health. If you’re not able to come out to the New York event, here’s some other dates where you can get help to take control of your wallet.
- Harlem, NY – September 10 at the Harlem Commonwealth Council (361 West 125th, New York, NY 10027)
- Detroit, MI – October 1 at Wayne County Community College (Frank Hayden Room, 801 W. Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226)
- Atlanta, GA – October 22 at Morehouse College
- Washington D.C. – November 12 at Howard University
- Oakland, CA – December 3 at Abyssinian Baptist Church
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chevy . The opinions and text are all mine.