Eleven high school students from Community Action Partnership’s Youth Empowerment Center recently completed an eight-week personal financial planning course provided by Huntington Bank. The students learned about prioritizing wants and needs, establishing and keeping a personal budget, and setting up checking and savings accounts.
At the final workshop session, students received certificates of completion and some gifts from Huntington Bank. The students and the bankers also talked about preparing for the future. Bob Knipper, a Huntington Bank branch manager, reminded the students that an employer would often help them with their college costs.
“A lot of companies will pay your way through college,” Knipper said. “That’s one way you can go to college without having a lot of money.”
The students were also encouraged to write down everything they spend for one week. Knipper said if they did, they would be surprised at how much money they waste on unimportant items. He also encouraged the students to follow their dreams of higher education and a rewarding career.
“If you really want to do it, you can get it done,” he said. “There’s money out there. Apply for it. You can do it if you want to.”
Youth Empowerment Center students successfully completing the course were Shanelle Waters, Toni Crawford, Shantinique Graves, Quintin Dare, Darius Williams, Montell Johnson, Alonzo McKee, Eric Milton, Sasha Crayton-Owensby, Ke’Seanna Greene and Tylayia Saunders.

Students at Community Action Partnership’s Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) recently completed a personal finance class offered by Huntington Bank. Participants included (from left) Mark Zielinski of Huntington Bank; YEC students Darius Williams, Quintin Dare, Tylayia Saunders, Sasha Crayton-Owensby, Ke’Seanna Greene and Toni Crawford; and Huntington Bank representatives Connie Hudson and Bob Knipper.