News & Updates from Make A Difference - Wisconsin

May 2016 - In This Issue:
How's your relationship ... with money?

Taleavia improved her financial understanding as a participant in Money Coach. 

Taleavia, a high school senior, has some relationship advice for you: make money yours
The Money Coach teen shared how she improved her "relationship" with her finances in a brilliant spoken word piece at our May 5 celebration event. 

One Saturday toward a better future for teens

Lessons from one weekend afternoon program will extend into college and careers for more than 250 Milwaukee teens. Make A Difference - Wisconsin joined an impressive roster of community leaders recently to give teenagers first-hand primers on financial literacy, college preparation and job interviews. Students also heard inspirational tales from former Green Bay Packers great Donald Driver, who raffled off laptops and tablets.  

Collaborators at the "Bank Your Future" event included:
* Associated Bank

* Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee

* YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
* University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
* Metro Milwaukee Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
* MillerCoors

* National Association for African-Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR)

Allison Malone, of Northwestern Mutual, was one of our financial literacy volunteers at the event. 
Money Coach teamwork makes the dream work
Nia Gray, 17, gets the value of her experience in Money Coach. She thinks about it with every coin and bill.

"Every little penny counts. Trust me, every little penny," Gray (at left) said. "I want to be somebody. I want to be a business owner and Money Coach gave me that stepping stool to achieve my goals."

Gray was speaking at the May 5 Money Coach celebration. The event marked the biggest, most successful year yet for the financial mentoring program. Click here for more from the students, volunteers and educators .
So far in 2015-16, Money Sense has engaged ...
93 schools/community-based organizations
562 lessons
  6,267 teenagers
  228 volunteers
Your support "helps our society": a message of gratitude

There are so many important reasons that you support financial literacy and we've heard many of them over the last month. Some of you shared with us when we called during our "thank-a-thon." Others told us after visiting a classroom or following our Money Coach celebration. A few hundred of you gave us a boost yesterday by selling out the Investment Conference, our largest fundraiser. 

Here's what one great supporter, Doug Gordon, president and CEO of WaterStone Bank, told our board about the reasons he contributes to our teens programs: "There is such a need within the community. There is a financial education void in the high schools. There are so many people that get thrust into jobs instead of college and they need to know about budgeting. Financial literacy ... helps our society."  

It is always reassuring to know we have so many compassionate people who participate in this financial literacy movement. On behalf of the thousands of teens who have been in our programs this year, thank you!

Committee member Sandra Dunst dialed up her appreciation during our spring supporter "thank-a-thon".

Make A Difference - Wisconsin 
710 N. Plankinton Ave, Suite 310 
Milwaukee, WI  53203 
These great supporters help make teens "money smart". Thank you!
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Racine Community Foundation

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WaterStone Bank

Albert & Flora Ellinger Foundation

Anon Charitable Trust

Dorothy Inbusch Foundation

Ettinger Family Foundation

Evinrude Foundation

Helfaer Foundation

Herb Kohl Charities

Krause Family Foundation

Krause Woodhaven Foundation
Kitzinger, Lautmann Capital Management

Mosher Family Foundation

Peck Foundation

Priebe Family Foundation

Rita Stevens Charitable Trust

Stella H. Jones Foundation

Tate Family Foundation

Waukesha County Community Foundation

Weiss Family Foundation
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