Free financial education event for teens

  • Monday, February 10, 2014

Family Services, Inc. (FSI) will host a free youth financial education summit called Money Rocks on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Charleston Southern University. Nearly 300 have pre-registered for the event, with more expected to attend. The day will begin at 8 a.m. with a Community Fair for all ages. Area businesses and organizations such as BB&T, Provost Academy South Carolina, South Carolina Federal Credit Union,Trident Technical College, Limestone College, National Guard, and Air Force will participate.

The Money Rocks summit will consist of financial education workshops geared toward 12- to 21-year-olds, with topics on budgeting, saving, proper debit/credit card usage, college financial aid, job interviewing skills, and social media etiquette. The Parents Only Workshop will cover similar topics that FSI's Homeownership Resource Center (HRC) teaches throughout the year, such as the Making Ends Meet budgeting workshop held monthly at their office location. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for free to the participants.

FSI began the summit in Charleston in 2011 after years of client comments, such as, “I wish I knew how to manage my money a long time ago,” and, “I wish we were taught about personal money management and how to plan for the future in high school.” The event has gained popularity over the last few years. The first year saw nearly 100 students, and last year the event reached more than 300 attendees. In fact, it has had such great success, that Georgetown County asked for the event to come to their area in 2013. Money Rocks had its first annual Georgetown event in October with more than 120 in attendance.

“We expect this event to continue growing and catching fire in South Carolina,” Debbie Kidd, HRC Director, said. “It is our organization's goal to see thousands benefit throughout our state, not just in the Charleston Tri-County area.”

To celebrate this growth, FSI will award a scholarship at this year's event. Rising and current seniors are invited to submit essays on topics such as “Why is financial literacy important to you?” The winning essay will be announced at the event, and its author will receive a $500 scholarship. The deadline to submit an essay is Monday, Feb. 3.

“We know that education is important, but it is also expensive,” explained Carolyn Lecque, HRC Financial Education Facilitator and Coach. “By presenting the scholarship to a deserving high school student, we are giving “life” to the Money Rocks motto - “My Money, My Education, My Future!”

Money Rocks Charleston is free to the community due to the generous support of Platinum Sponsor BB&T, as well as Venue Sponsor Charleston Southern University, Media Sponsor WCSC Channel 5 News, and Silver Sponsors Provost Academy South Carolina and South Carolina Federal Credit Union.

Call 843.735.7888, email jjohnson@fsisc.org, or go to MoneyRocksCharleston.com to learn more about how to get involved in Money Rocks Charleston as a participant, sponsor, or volunteer.

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