On May 13, 2016, Operation HOPE’s Youth Empowerment Group partnered with retired NFL Super Bowl XLVI Champion, Michael Clayton, to educate youth in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the importance of financial literacy.

Clayton began by introducing the students to financial dignity and encouraging them to prioritize the way they spend money. Youth Empowerment Program Manager, Jessica Washington, and Southeastern Market Vice President, Tara Dennis, were also in attendance to teach key financial skills to the students at Cedarcrest-Southmoor Elementary. Washington dove into the Banking On Our Future mclaytonandoperationhopeprogramming with a lesson on budgeting, credit, and an introduction to banking. The youth empowerment didn’t stop there! The group stopped for a quick lunch, then headed to Spanish Lake Primary Academy to teach the language of money to students.

The students were thrilled to learn life-long financial lessons from Clayton, who is a role model to them. “If you understand lessons 1-4, you will conquer lesson number 5,” Clayton said. Clayton encouraged the students to fully embrace the financial concepts and skills they learned from Operation HOPE’s Banking On Our Future lesson. After learning about empowerment, responsibility, and hope, it is clear that these students now possess the tools they need to take control of their financial futures.

Operation HOPE successfully leads the charge in providing financial education to women and girls residing in the southeastern United States, through the support of The Coca-Cola Company. Coca-Cola’s $1 million dollar grant to Operation HOPE will continue to impact girls (150,000) through Banking on Our Future programs like this. Learn more about Coca-Cola’s $1 million grant to help build the financial capability of women and girls here.