Twelve high school students from Community Action Partnership’s Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) 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. Leading the classes were Huntington Bank employees Mark Zielinski, Brad Ditto and Curtis Reno.
YEC students successfully completing the course were Iyannia Benson, Shan’Pal Clark, Taylor Cotton, Tiesha Cotton, C’Aira Driscoll, Ty’Aira Dye, Joseph Ellis, Daniel Hardwick, Ahjani Stephenson, Amari Stephenson, James Walker and Donjae Smith-Walton.
“Community Action Partnership’s Youth Empowerment Center provides a safe, nurturing environment for youth age seven to 17,” said Sean L. Walton, Director of Youth Initiatives for Community Action Partnership. “At the center, they obtain helpful information and gain positive experiences that help them shape their character and values.”
Professional staff provides programming that focuses on academic support, entrepreneurship, financial management and life skills. Young people also receive social skills and character development education, with the goal of increasing their personal and professional achievement.
Walton also announced that The Fourth Annual Blue Moon Affair, a fundraiser for the YEC, is Friday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Center for Performing Arts. The evening includes a silent auction, dinner, dancing and live entertainment. Author, television personality and parenting expert Judge Glenda Hatchett is the special guest speaker. Tickets are $60 per person or $480 for a table of eight. For more information, contact or call (937) 341-5000 ext. 153.