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Financial Literacy Symposium is a success, attracting over 160 participants!

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Neighborhood Allies Partners with BankOn of Greater Pittsburgh to Present Financial Literacy Symposium at Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg.

On July 25, 2015, Neighborhood Allies served as a co-sponsor to the event and was amongst the 160 residents and service providers in attendance. Neighborhood Allies’ staff along with financial coaches from our Financial Opportunity Centers hosted a table and provided participants with valuable information about financial coaching, employment, building credit, and the many resources and services offered at each Financial Opportunity Center.DSCN0381 (1)

Maura Attardi served as the keynote speaker. Attardi is the Director of Education and Community Relations at Money Management International and specializes in educating professional athletes from the NFL (including the PittsburghSteelers), NCAA, and WWE. Her presentation focused on developing a financial game which engaged the audience early on as they worked through exercises on how to effectively manage finances, create a budget, and not only set but reach financial goals.

The Financial Literacy Education Symposium received very positive feedback from both community leaders and the residents who participated. A follow up survey indicated that those in attendance were pleased with the wealth of information they received from a diverse group of speakers and service DSCN0347providers. The speakers shared personal stories of dealing with financial hardships, provided advice on how individuals can improve and manage their finances, and answered audience questions regarding banking, fraud, and credit. The breakout sessions were also well received and covered topics such as: coping with financial stress, emotional spending, financial choices and consequences, understanding credit, and budgeting. Participants stated that the breakout sessions were relevant to their current situations and helped many of them identify which aspects of their financial situation they should prioritize.

Neighborhood Allies is proud to have participated in such a well-organized and well received DSCN0367 (1)community event and we applaud Dr. Howard Slaughter, Bank on Greater Pittsburgh, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Hosanna House and everyone else involved for this important work. We recognize the importance of asset-building tools, programs, and policies that create opportunities for low-income individuals, families, and communities to save and invest in themselves, their futures, and their communities, and will continue to connect our communities and residents with the resources they need.

For more information about our Financial Opportunity Centers, please visit: our website or contact Sarah at 412.471.3727 x212.  For additional information about BankOn of Greater Pittsburgh, website or email bogp@ulpgh.org

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