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Bank of America provides free financial education to Newport Harbor seniors

Think Together, a statewide nonprofit organization that partners with schools to provide early learning, afterschool, college and career readiness, and student support programs, welcomed financial education providers from local Bank of America to its Shalimar Teen Center on Monday, April 22. Bank of America’s Diana Anderson, Secretary Treasurer of Better Money Habits Orange County, and Melissa Bui, Relationship Manager, presented a Better Money Habits workshop to 10 students in Think Together’s Workforce Readiness & Education Program (WREP).

Students in Shalimar’s WREP attend Newport Harbor High School and are from low-income families. The seniors requested financial professionals to present on money habits and Think Together’s partnership with Bank of America provided the perfect opportunity. Discussing the impact of Better Money Habits for high school seniors, Diana Anderson said, “It’s important because this is the time when they’re stepping out into the world and gaining independence from their family. They need to understand the importance of good credit.”

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(L-R) Newport Harbor High seniors Eduardo Perez, Alexis Rodriguez and John Espana discuss budgeting with Bank of America Relationship Manager Melissa Bui (standing) at Shalimar Teen Center

The workshop included information on banking basics, smart credit moves, managing money and keeping financial information safe. The financial education providers helped students create their own budgets and answered all their questions about credit cards, savings accounts and preparing for the future.

After the presentation, Newport Harbor senior Irene Antonio said, “I’ve always had confusion with credit cards but I feel like I have a better understanding today.” The workshop went so well that students requested for the financial education providers to come back and host an additional workshop. Of course, Bank of America kindly obliged.

Think Together Program Development Specialist Viviana Altamirano said, “Bank of America has supported our Workforce Readiness Education Program through grants, and this was the perfect next step to build a connection between the students and the very institution that supports their program. The students were so engaged and the presenters answered every question they were asked with expertise and in a very relatable way. We can’t wait to host Bank of America again!”

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