In a city that’s had its share of financial adversities there is no shortage of grit and fortitude among the residents of Detroit. I was born and raised here and one thing that has held true about Detroit from my childhood to adult years is this: The city that I call my home never, ever gives up.
You see, I can recall as a child hearing my mother sharing stories of the 1967 riots when local stores were burned down and neighborhoods were ruined. As an adult, I am watching as my children have a much different experience. At the local level they’ve learned about government corruption and how an entire city declared bankruptcy while the whole world was watching. They’ve also seen firsthand, while driving through local neighborhoods, how an economic recession can cause major automakers to request a bail out and businesses in their own backyard to come to an end. While these are some events that define Detroit’s history they aren’t the stories I share with my children the most. The memories that I pass on to them of our city is different. I share fond images shopping with mama at major department stores in the heart of our city’s downtown. Then there’s the fun weekend bus rides that I had with friends to neighborhood movie theaters. They also hear about times when our neighborhood businesses were booming, residents walked their children to school and communities were thriving. It’s no secret that our city has been hit with its share of financial blows but something more obvious stands out that I makes Detroit’s legacy. That is, the harder we’re hit, the stronger we become. Detroit is resilient. Our people are resourceful and we are continuing on the road to financial empowerment. This weekend, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition with the sponsorship of Chevrolet, will host the PUSH Money Matters Financial Literacy Program in our city. The free personal finance workshops will take place at Wayne County Community College District (Fort Street campus). The sessions are geared toward helping a cross-section of participants at various levels of financial literacy in developing concrete steps toward financial security. The goal of the program is to help make college financing, understanding credit, share the benefits of long-term money management more simple. The sessions will also offer helpful insights on entrepreneurship and establishing a personal brand. Along with others attending, I look forward to learning more about:
- Budgeting Basics – (How to create and manage a personal budget, pay off debt, and help protect yourself from fraud).
- Understanding Credit – (How to apply, the meaning of credit scores, cleaning up credit history and understanding debt.
- College Financing gives an overview of financial options to consider when planning for college, including Financial Aid Programs.
- Investing 101 -(How to find multiple sources of income, stocks vs other investments, and creating a simple portfolio).
- Entrepreneurship – (How to establish a personal brand and get their idea off the ground).
Francis Bacon once said that “Knowledge is power” and Dr. Maya Angelou penned the famous quote, “When you know better, you do better.” These powerful workshops will equip you with knowledge and a plan. So, if you will be in Detroit this weekend and are you ready to take the next steps, here’s what you need to know… The event will take place on October 1, 2016 from 10am – 2pm at Wayne County Community College, Frank Hayden Room, 801 W. Fort Street Detroit, MI 48226. Free Brunch Provided! To register TODAY for the PUSH Money Matters workshop, visit http://www.rainbowpush.org/index.php/moneymatters I look forward to seeing you there! P.S. – Be sure to stay in the know by following @RPCoalition #PUSHMoneyMatters and @Chevrolet #FindNewRoads
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chevy. The opinions and text are all mine.