GOODING

Through a concert, multimedia presentation and talkback, this show covers the importance of developing good saving habits early, types of debt available to students, wise use of debt, the dangers of too much debt and high interest debt/payday lenders, how credit scores work, and how to control spending through tracking. budgeting and goal setting. Gooding suggests students look to their communities for support and mentorship, while he exposes the myth of rock stars, athletes and actors who sell the false image of overnight success.

Students who do not receive this message early may find themselves carrying too much debt, at risk of dropping out of college, or otherwise deferring their dreams. Young people from unbanked families are especially at risk.



Topics covered:

  • Following your passion
  • The importance of habits of self-reliance and self-control
  • Earning, saving, spending, investing, giving
  • Credit scores: how you get one, why they matter
  • Loans and interest rates – when loans make sense and how to identify predatory lenders
  • The benefit of compound interest especially for young people
  • Pitfalls: without good habits, lottery winnings, an inheritance, a record deal or a pro-sports deal won’t solve money problems
  • Slow and steady wins the race
  • Finding mentors in your community


“There are no short cuts or quick fixes. The hype of overnight success in sports, music and acting can lead us to believe that our day to day discipline and the mentors in our own communities don’t have value, when these are THE MOST important resources we have.” - Gooding

“My job is for them to suspend disbelief for 10 or 15 minutes, while they’re still in that rock ‘n roll mode, and explain to them that financial literacy gives you the freedom to do what you want with the rest of your life.” - Gooding

Thank you, again, for a fantastic event! Our students loved it and I’m grateful for you reaching out to help middle school students in Buncombe County, specifically at Owen Middle. Heidi B. Von Dohlen, Ed.D., PrincipalC.D. Owen Middle School, Asheville, NCThank you, again, for a fantastic event! Our students loved it and I’m grateful for you reaching out to help middle school students in Buncombe County, specifically at Owen Middle.