50 Students Receive Financial Literacy Education at YAAWC Conference in Pasadena, CA


Last month Phyllis Chestang made a 5MK pledge to educate 50 students in financial literacy at the 9thAnnual Young African American Women’s Conference in Pasadena, hosted by the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Click below to see her amazing testimonial!

“Thank-you so much Kedisa & your great team at Operation Hope. Our 9th Annual Young African American Women’s Conference was
another great success. I believe that we had between 500 – 600 attendees at Pasadena City College (PCC). Beverly White, KNBC Channel 4 reporter was the keynote speaker who is a great role model and a mom. We took plenty of pictures so I’ll be glad to share once they are ready.

My session was great and we really appreciate your donation of workbooks for “Young Adults”. The materials helped the attendees complete and cover ‘Budgeting” especially as it pertained to the topic, “I want an Ipod or Do I” and the conference theme, “Your GPS – Goals, Preparation, Strategy”. We gave everyone a calculator and a workbook to complete the exercise and emphasized the value of an education plus making smart spending choices between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’.

The audience consisted of students and parents which was excellent because Valerie – my co-presenter (a veteran finance employee from LA County) and I spoke from the heart as (1) Parents, and (2) Experienced finance professionals.

The parents came up afterwords and personally, thanked me by saying, “For once, my daughter is hearing this from someone besides me. I usually just say ‘NO’…then, she complains/whines…” One of the students was shocked when she was given the assignment to create the budget. She yelled/commented very loudly, “I can’t even pay my rent!!”  (Amen…)

So, I am sending a huge THANK-YOU & HUGS to Operation Hope.”

Thank you for doing your part to support financial literacy empowerment, Phyllis.

You can check out photos from the event on the YAAWC facebook page here.

To make your pledge go to www.5mk.org/yourpledge and let us know how you plan to advance financial literacy in your community.

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