The Gift of Gratitude – Paying it Forward Through SecureFutures

By December 7, 2017Featured

Gratitude is a gift that keeps giving.

Gramann Reporting is proud to once again support teen financial education programs and resources through SecureFutures, the nonprofit formerly known as Make A Difference – Wisconsin. While the name has changed, SecureFutures is the same organization that we’re proud to support for the bulk of our holiday gifting – for a fifth year. We’re grateful that this organization is able to empower students, and who in turn are able to share the value of financial literacy in our communities.

Teens like Daisy. Daisy was a student in the SecureFutures Money Coach program. There, Daisy learned skills like budgeting, goal-setting and managing a bank account, all under the guidance of volunteer “coaches” from area businesses.

As is the essence of good financial education programs, Daisy put these lessons into practice in her daily life. She also brought them home to her family and siblings.

More than a year after completing the Money Coach program, Daisy’s mother brought a new baby sister into their family. Daisy said she thought about the financial struggles she and her family had to go through. She knew she didn’t want that same tough start for her baby sister. So Daisy, the college freshman working part-time in retail, started to set aside $10 from every paycheck toward her new baby sister’s future.

It is because of Daisy and tens of thousands of other teens in our community that the Gramann’s “gift-giving budget” is a force of gratitude in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin. With this 2017 holiday gift, Brenda Campbell, SecureFutures president and CEO, said: “Gramann continues to invest in positive futures for area teens. A gift like this embodies the spirit of the holiday season. On behalf of Daisy and the 62,000 other teens that have been in our programs, thank you!”

This school year, support from Gramann and other community leaders will:

  • Empower more than 8,000 high school students across Wisconsin
  • Provide scholarships and first-time immersive experiences at financial institutions for at-risk youth
  • Test and track behavioral changes made by students, before and after programs, and, in some cases, into adulthood
  • Expand outreach to educators and districts as Wisconsin schools look to satisfy a new state mandate on financial literacy

More about SecureFutures
SecureFutures empowers students with life-changing financial education and coaching. Founded as Make A Difference – Wisconsin in 2006, the Milwaukee-based nonprofit rebranded as SecureFutures in 2017 based on input from teens about the impact of financial education on their lives. Our collaborative network of supporters, volunteers and educators has improved financial futures for more than 62,000 teens.

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