News & Updates from Make A Difference - Wisconsin

June 2016 - in this edition:
10 years, 50,000 teens -- and you!

Our founder Lloyd Levin, right, talks savings with Morse-Marshall Money Sense students Kevin and Brandon. 

A lot has changed in 10 years. Since we were founded in 2006, we've been part of that change for more than 50,000 teens in our community. All of you have been vital to the positive change that comes from empowering teens with financial education. 

Our founder is kicking off our 10th anniversary. In a new video, Lloyd Levin reflects on our impact with teens, volunteers, educators and supporters, plus a few guest stars.
Money Coach "pledge" competition winners

This year, dozens of students in our Money Coach program spread the word on the dangers of using check cashing stores in the form of a friendly competition. It was a chance for students to get creative as they had their peers and even many adults sign a pledge to shun check cashing stores, which are costly and do not instill good saving and spending habits. In addition, teens used the pledge as a way to share smart financial practices they learned in Money Coach.  

2015-16 winning Money Coach teens
Messmer High School: Taylor, DeMarius, Lauren, Jose, Johnnie, Romare, Roberto, Bria, Shateria, Lorenzo 
Hmong American Peace Academy: Cha, Van, Stephanie, Daexeng, Bao, Maylia, Soulivanh, Bianca, Pader, Xang, Mai, Cindy, Jessica, Lisa, Mee
Carmen High School of Science & Technology South: Paola, Anayeli, Daisy, Guillermina, Margarita, Miriam, Anaeli, Lorena, Joeli, Jeovanny

Cindy, a Money Coach grad, was on the winning team from HAPA in our inaugural competition to raise awareness on the dangers of using check cashing stores. Each team won a pizza party.
Futures market: Investment Conference another success
Four leading investors gave unique perspectives on financial success to a crowd of nearly 600 at the 8th annual Investment Conference on June 1. Sponsorship and support during the day also raised a new high for fundraising to expand financial education programs and coaching for area teenagers. 

Following a keynote that focused on a career in advising world-class family and founder-led companies, Byron Trott, founder, chairman and CEO of BDT & Company, (pictured below, on screen/stage) shared this takeaway: "Those of you who have supported Make a Difference - Wisconsin are giving teens critical knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in life, and they will never forget it."

In the coming months, we'll share videos and insight from the event in our newsletters, website and social channels. To lock in early sponsorship pricing for the 2017 event, email Brenda Campbell today.
Students stock up on financial skills from collaborative lesson 

Dozens of students from James Madison Academic Campus (JMAC) took a trip to Wall Street, by way of Wisconsin Avenue. The JMAC teens studied the stock market recently with students and professors in Marquette University's Applied Investment Management program.  

The stock market field trip came together in collaboration with Make A Difference - Wisconsin's Money Sense program, from which many of the high school students learned financial basics earlier this year. Immersive experiences are proven to heighten student engagement when it comes to financial literacy lessons and skills. 

Facebook and Apple were popular stock choices by JMAC students, some from our Money Sense program.

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