Teaching Money Skills for Life

Fall series kicks off August 30

Future Cents in an interactive series of workshops that will help give teens a reality check about money management. How many of us as parents see them repeating our mistakes with money. Give them the tools that they need to succeed and not fall into traps. Take advantage of the free workshops that teach young people to live beyond today and investing in their future. For more: http://www.myfuturecents.com. See details about programs, information about the iPad drawing and resources.

The kick off event is Monday evening, August 30 and will present banking topics and Keys to Money Mastery.  Algenon Cash wears many hats in this community. As owner and managing director of Wharton Gladden & Company, writer, radio personality, and community enthusiast, Mr. Cash has his hands on many projects.  Currently, he is integrally involved with Future Cents, the Greensboro Public Library’s financial education project for teens.  “I firmly believe that financial literacy is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. Americans do not understand basic skills such as how to balance a checkbook. Programs such as Future Cents are creating a discussion about a critical issue facing our youth,” says Cash.

Fall series kicks off August 30.
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Raising Money Smart Kids

How well adjusted are our children when it comes to money?  Statistics show that young people are buying more and accumulating more debt than ever before.  Future Cents is a grant funded project that will help youth and their parents learn budgeting, checking, saving, investing and more.  The goal of Future Cents is to help youngsters develop good money skills.  Too often older teens get a first  job or obtain student loans for college and they have little knowledge of managing their money as they become adults.

The website myfuturecents.com provides details on programming and resources to help teens and adults learn more about financial responsibility.  The programming begins June 12 with 2 sessions: Credit 101 for teens and Understanding Your Credit Report for Adults.  As Future Cents develops we hope to build a program that is attractive to teens and provides them with the skills to become independent and responsible adults.  This project will run through December 2011 so you will see more as resources and programs are added. 

Community involvement is key for the success of this program.  I am pleased to announce that the Black Achievers group at the Hayes-Taylor YMCA will work hard this summer to learn the skills that the Future Cents curriculum offers and go out to mentor younger kids in learning good money habits.  This is just one way that the community is coming together to make Future Cents a success for young people.

Joblink Summer Job Program Web Site

Are you a teen or young adult looking for a summer job?  Is your business or organization in need of help this summer?

Well, Joblink has opened their summer job program application web site this week.  This is for teens/adults ages 15-24 to gain employment over the summer.  Due to the impact of federal stimulus money and the Governor’s Crime Commission funds, Joblink should be able to hire over 500 youth this summer.

Joblink needs jobs/companies/organizations that could use FREE help.  Joblink will train, pay, and insure these youth as well as co-supervise them.  Please determine whether you will have positions these youth could fill, and visit the website and register.