Money Conference Redefines Bling

You can see it in their faces – these kids are engaged, learning, and having fun. The topic was BLING, a word that took on new meaning as kids considered the value of Business, Land, Investments, Net Worth, and Graduation. The occasion was The Money Conference, a day-long event for young people hosted by Neighborhood House PREP (Personal Responsibility Education Program), a national initiative that prepares young people for a successful transition to adulthood. 

Cynthia Jasper, Neighborhood House Family & Outreach Coordinator, organized the event, enlisting presenters from Asset Builders who spoke on hot topics like identity theft. Kaye Tucker from Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, Sara Vila from ARCW, and Michael Cockcroft, Construction Director at Habitat for Humanity presented breakout sessions on the culture of wealth, and on career paths.  “You could tell the kids were engaged because they were all listening to the speakers, no side conversations,” said Ms. Jasper. Over a hundred students from Milwaukee Academy of Science, Starms, and Clark Street schools were present. “Learning about spending money on credit and debit cards really helped us,” said one grateful teen.

Neighborhood House brings PREP programs to Milwaukee area school kids on topics of emotional health, physical health, and financial health. Neighborhood House PREP’s financial literacy efforts earned the Financial Literacy Award from the Governor’s Council Wisconsin.

Many thanks to photographer Cassie Rogala for capturing the excitement of this event.

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