- Posted by LiSA
- On June 7, 2016
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- CFEI, financial education, First Financial Security, LiSA Initiative, young mothers
First Financial Security, Inc. representatives provided the young mothers living in St. Ann’s Center with valuable and practical financial information that they can use immediately.
Helping young mothers and their families learn how to manage their personal finances is a passion of Maria Luz Riofrio, a part of First Financial Security, Inc.’s Hispanic Outreach Program and LiSA Initiative. A Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), Maria shares her experience assisting with a recent financial literacy class in Hyattsville, MD.
First Financial Security, Inc. representative Alita Gregg, a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), invited me to come to a financial literacy workshop she and her team had scheduled for St. Ann’s Center in Hyattsville, MD. I was excited to attend and see Alita and her team “in action” as they taught the LiSA Literacy Project curriculum to several young mothers living with their children in the center’s housing facilities.
If you’re not familiar with the St. Ann’s Center in Hyattsville, Maryland, I can assure you that you would be more than impressed with the wonderful work they’re doing to help support vulnerable, at-risk women and children. Their goal is to heal, strengthen and inspire these young mothers and help them build a strong foundation, one that includes a successful career and lifelong independence.
Other First Financial Security, Inc. agents, representing different teams, also helped with the workshop. Together with Alita, they provided valuable and practical financial information to these young women that they can use immediately.
Alita opened the meeting by addressing the worries these women face and redirecting their dreams into goals. It was amazing to see how a different perspective can so easily impact a person’s drive and motivation.
Carlita Rodgers, a veteran tax professional, noted several areas that deserved extra attention, including establishing and maintaining good credit and emergency savings – both necessary in order to purchase a car, or maybe even a home.
Madeline Lewis, CFEI, continued by discussing the critical need for a budget and challenged the women to prioritize their expenses and organize their money. She also talked about the ever-so-important subject of needs vs. wants, and acknowledged how difficult it often is to say no to that immediate gratification.
Darius Stanton, who connected with the young boys in the room with their mothers, spoke to the group from his perspective as a professional man and entrepreneur. He encouraged them to stay strong and to remain confident, even when things don’t go as planned. He emphasized the fact that your outlook and your behavior will ultimately influence your success in life one way or another.
First Financial Security, Inc. representative, Eboni Caldwell, shared her story about how the center helped her when she was a young mother of twins and living in one of its housing facilities. She explained that she used the support and guidance she received at St. Ann’s to move forward and become successful. She encouraged the young mothers in the class to do the same and take advantage of the financial education they were receiving to begin building a better future.
Amazingly enough, it wasn’t only the young mothers who were listening during the session. I overheard a staff member talking with one of the residents and encouraging her to start putting her budget together. Yes, the staff was taking notes, too. Hearing that made my day even brighter.
I was truly proud of our First Financial Security, Inc. representatives, who came together from different teams, to lend their expertise to these young mothers, and I was hopeful that would take away the information they needed to help them on their journey. It was a fantastic experience for me to see the group in action and hear the discussions. These are the moments that are making a difference and I’m grateful to be a part of them.
Maria Luz Riofrio is a part of First Financial Security, Inc.’s Hispanic Outreach Program and LiSA Initiative. A Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), Maria came to United States more than eight years ago from Ecuador, determined to create a better life for her family.