Greenpoint YMCA scholars get financially literate
by Andrew Shilling
Jun 26, 2013 | 4384 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kids from the Greenpoint YMCA Y Scholars teen program met with a group of scholars from Deloitte LLP, an advisory group targeting non-profit development.

The group met with dozens of teens from the Y Scholars program earlier this month for the 14th Annual Impact Day to discuss ways of developing funds for the center.

“Our annual Impact Day is just one way our commitment to service extends beyond business and into the community,” said Joe Echevarria, chief executive officer at Deloitte. “At its core, Impact Day is about making our communities and our country stronger.”

The group of eight Deloitte volunteers met for a day of financial literacy and taught the Greenpoint Y teens how to effectively manage financial resources.

“Workshops like these are really important for teens because it helps them to understand and learn about managing their money effectively as they transition into the working world,” said Tasia Brown, a Y teen coordinator. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn and talk to experts that they may not otherwise get.”

The group provided lessons in saving money for the future with budgeting activities, and also helped debunk some of the myths about credit cards.

“They learned a lot of things in the program,” said Tatiana Terzuoli, director of fund development and communications at the YMCA. “Just like the way boot camp is for physical fitness, the program taught how to prepare for college, write resumes, dress for an interview and go on interviews.”

Terzouli said the group used to target 11th and 12th grade students, however now they are meeting with kids from 9th to 12th grade to get a head start in the process.

“This way they’re a little more informed and prepared,” she said. “We hope that doing this early enough, that college can be a reality for them and they can start thinking along the lines of getting good grades and working on their resume.”

Last Friday, the group of YMCA Scholars put their lesson to use and threw a benefit concert for the YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign at Williamsburg Prep High School at 257 N. 6th St.

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