MEFA's Participation in Boston's First Youth Bank Day
MEFA's participation in Boston's first Youth Bank Day held at the Reggie Lewis Center on July 27th and hosted by the Mayor's Office of Financial Empowerment and the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment proved to be a success. Over 200 youth, engaged in various summer jobs, with ages ranging from 14 to 21, were invited to attend. Participants had the opportunity to increase their financial awareness, explore opportunities to apply to and finance a post-secondary education, and learn about how to open and manage checking and savings accounts.
At our MEFA table we interacted with a steady stream of visitors with questions about a variety of college planning topics, including upcoming financial aid deadlines and methods of finding the right college. We also shared resources to help students and their parents understand the many facets of applying to and paying for college. Printed materials were also available with instructions of how to access MEFA's free college and career planning portal, YourPlanForTheFuture.
One of the goals of the event was to expose youth to topics that will empower them to become economically secure and show them that college is attainable. What an exciting occasion to be a direct influence upon and to witness that epiphany. Check out the August 6th article in the Bay State Banner that provides further details on the event.