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Notes on Nashville
By Rita Pouppirt, Executive Director
 
Funding the Future was in Nashville, TN April 28-29 for the final leg of the Spring 2016 Financial Literacy Tour.  Sacha, Gooding and I met with the Financial Empowerment Manager from the Nashville Mayor’s office, John Murphy.  John and Mayor Megan Barry’s office staff are working on a number of youth empowerment initiatives to address the problem of youth violence in town, which have reached epidemic proportions.  The city leaders believe that lack of hope and economic opportunity are reasons teens are turning to violence.  This group of concerned individuals know it’s important to turn things around for the benefit of the citizens of Nashville, as well as the futures of their young people.  They also believe that financial literacy is as important today as the ability to read and write.  John’s idea is to have Funding the Future involved in putting together large music events, which would be billed more as rock concerts than financial literacy events in order to get the most attendance from students.  The first event would be held at a large performing arts venue called Rocket Town.  John has met with all of the school principals to get their buy-in and possibly have the school district’s support with transportation to and from the venue.  We will all work together to get this put together for Fall of 2016.
 
Funding the Future presentations in Nashville were held at McGavock High School and Madison Middle Prep.  I worked with several community organizations for the event at Madison.   The PENCIL Foundation is an organization which connects community organizations with the Nashville Metro Public Schools.  Bob Kucher from the foundation brought together teachers from the school, Wells Fargo employees and the local United Way to create a three touch-point event at the school.  Just before our concert at the school, the students were given a pre-test on basic financial literacy concepts.  The following week, the Wells Fargo employees came in to the Madison classrooms with follow up lessons from their own financial literacy curriculum called the Hands on Banking program.  This week, the PENCIL Foundation will come back to the school with a post-test for the students to see how well they were paying attention.  The students who do the best on the test will be eligible for prizes like pizza parties and money to start savings accounts.  To give you an idea of the student need in this case, 89% qualified for the free and reduced lunch program and the area surrounding the school had 11 payday lenders within a three block radius of the school. If the program proves to be effective for the students here, perhaps it is a model we could offer the schools we visit if they don’t already have a personal finance requirement in place.
 
Grace Helen Spearman Grant Awarded
Funding the Future has been awarded a $10,000 leadership grant by the Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation in support of its s 2016/2017 Financial Literacy Tour. Funding the Future’s Board of Directors salutes the Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation for their vision, and thanks them for their generous and continuing support.
 
New Board Members
We would like to welcome our new Board Members, Dayn Conrad and John Ehlers.  Dayn and John have been involved with Funding the Future from the very beginning, hosting a fundraiser at their home in Denver, CO during the 2014 Spring Financial Literacy Tour.  They were also responsible for helping us get booked for a presentation at their son’s school in Hollywood, CA this year.  Dayn and John are both Land Investment Experts for Velur Enterprises Inc. in Hollywood, CA.

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Spring Tour Highlights
During our Spring Tour between March 1 and April 29th, we were able to reach 8,825 students at 23 shows in California, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Texas and Tennessee.
 
Gearing Up for the Fall 2016 Financial Literacy Tour
We have 17 shows scheduled so far for this coming Fall. We are still looking to book shows in the following areas:  Indiana, Michigan, Washington,DC/Maryland area, Philadelphia, Delaware, North Carolina, Florida, Northern California, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nashville, TN and Canada.   Any suggestions for sponsors or school contacts in these or other areas would be greatly appreciated.
 
September 22, 2016 - The Bullis School, Potomac, MD 1:00pm
Sponsored by Tracy Richmond and the Meakem Group
 
September 27, 2016 - North Penn High School, Lansdale, PA 12:00pm
Sponsored by Danielle Page and the Page Group of Raymond James
 
September 27, 2016 - North Penn High School, Lansdale, PA 1:00pm
Sponsored by Danielle Page and the Page Group of Raymond James
 
September 29, 2016 - Upper Dublin High School, Fort Washington, PA
Sponsored by Hilary Seabrook and the Seabrook Seus Group of Raymond James
 
October 10, 2016 - Arsht Performing Arts Center, Miami, FL TBD
Sponsored by Laura Steckler- Steckler Wealth Management Group of Raymond James
 
October 17, 2016 - Palmetto Ridge High School, Naples, FL 8:00am
Sponsored by the Church and Box Group of Raymond James
 
October 17, 2016 - Corkscrew Middle School At Palmetto Ridge High School, Naples, FL 1:00pm
Sponsored by the Church and Box Group of Raymond James
 
October 18, 2016 - Golden Gate High School, Naples, FL 8:00am
Sponsored by the Church and Box Group of Raymond James
 
October 18, 2016 - Golden Gate Middle School at Golden Gate High School, Naples, FL 1:00pm
Sponsored by the Church and Box Group of Raymond James
 
October 19, 2016 - Gulf Coast High School, Naples, FL 8:00am
Sponsored by the Church and Box Group of Raymond James
 
October 25, 2016 North High School, Wichita, KS TBD
Sponsored by Fidelity Bank
 
November 1, 2016 - Treynor High School, Treynor, IA 9:00am
Sponsored by the TS Institute and SAC Federal Credit Union
 
November 1, 2016 - Atlantic High School, Atlantic, IA 2:00pm
Sponsored by TS Institute and SAC Federal Credit Union
 
November 2, 2016 - Aurora High School, Aurora, NE 1:00pm
Sponsored by Nebraska Council on Economic Education
 
November 3, 2016 - Pound Middle School, Lincoln, NE 1:20pm
Sponsored by Nebraska Council on Economic Education
 
November 4, 2016 - Waverly High School, Waverly, NE 8:45am
Sponsored by Nebraska Council on Economic Education
 
November 4, 2016 - Benson High School, Omaha, NE 2:00pm
Sponsored by Nebraska Council on Economic Education

For more information on how you can support Funding the Future with a charitable contribution, visit www.fundingthefuturelive.org write rita.pouppirt@fundingthefuturelive.org or call (307) 221-3314. Funding the Future is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.









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