“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
That was the Frederick Douglass quote that Memphis Director of Youth Services Ike Griffith used to welcome participants to RedZone Ministries’ Youth Financial Literacy Luncheon on June 6.
And organizers are hoping to help young people to develop good money habits now — so they don’t have to repair their finances as much as adults.
RedZone Ministries, which does outreach to young people in Orange Mound, hosted about 20 students for the event, mostly middle-schoolers. The mission: To teach them the importance of understanding how money works.
“We strive to serve students ages of 9-18 in a comprehensive way,” said RedZone CEO Howard Eddings Jr. “Financial literacy for kids is a big piece of what we want to provide and who we want to serve.”
RedZone partnered with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and the Shelby County Trustee Office to facilitate the event, Eddings said. And presenters made sure the education was entertaining also.
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