When Ms. Ashley Brooks (FUND MY FUTURE Education Coordinator) enters the room, the student bankers at Propel NORTHSIDE snap into action. They know that their important job is about to begin.
As Ms. Brooks directs the students to gather the necessary materials and prepare their banking business, an easy camaraderie is seen among these student bankers. They know their job is to help students…and they love that!
Myeir, a 6th grade banker loves the job. A big fan of math (and he loves to count money!), he also enjoys “seeing friends and helping the little kids” during bank day. Is Myeir also a ‘saver’ as well as a banker? “I am saving for college,” he replies, “I like math a lot so maybe I’ll become an engineer.”
Soon, students from Kindergarten make their way to the ‘bank.’ These little savers have big dreams about their futures. Says Olivia “I’m saving for college. I want to be a movie star!” Her classmate, Nico, is saving for the same reason. Nico likes to work with his hands and hopes to have a mechanic business someday. He knows that college is important, he says with a very solemn nod of the head.
As some of the older students enter the ‘bank,’ Nico’s sister arrives, smiles and hugs Nico. Kamryn is interested in eventually getting a Master’s Degree and becoming an award-winning chef. Her “Fund My Future” savings will assist her in working toward all of her goals!
As more students enter the room, our bankers become quite, as they work diligently at their tasks. Jeremiah, another 6th grade banker enjoys his job because he is able to see students from all different grade levels. Sixth grader Maya tells an observer “I’m a saver and a banker. I love art and I love to be outside. I want to find a career that combines those things.”
Michelle, a 6th grade banker, sums up her experience: “I meet people, learn responsibility and get to do math. I love being a banker!” As Michelle helps 4th grader Dasean, we learn that he wants to go to college and be a teacher. Behind him in line, third grader Deven pipes up and says “I don’t know what I want to be, but I’m saving my money for college anyway!”
As student visitors dwindle, it’s time for the bankers to regroup and start their tallies. Ms. Brooks lends a watchful eye as the students reconcile their numbers, carefully matching each transaction to the appropriate envelopes and lists. She smiles with pride as she watches the way the group works together to make the day a success. “Fund My Future” is a program that combines so many elements. The families can win prizes by making deposits and the students learn so much about personal financial literacy. Ultimately the ‘win-win’ is that they have a personal stake in the whole venture. It’s personal to them. They love to plan and dream about their futures…as adults, we are honored to play a small role in the story of their lives.”