Last week, the band GOODING, a Nashville-based indie rock band, performed a series of financial literacy rock concerts for Asheville schools through a partnership with nonprofit Funding the Future.
Using the power of a live rock performance to deliver inspirational lessons of finance and discipline to young people, Funding the Future helps students see their dreams as possibilities. The nonprofit’s performance combines a concert, multimedia presentation and talkback to discuss predatory lending, saving early and the danger of credit card debt, while exposing the myth of overnight success associated with rock stars, athletes and actors. The tour made stops at three local schools:
These local concerts are sponsored by Starks Financial Group and are part of a 60 show national financial literacy rock concert tour that will make stops across the country over the course of 12 weeks.
“We’re proud to partner with Funding the Future to help educate the next generation before they have to make financial decisions such as taking out loans or getting credit cards,” said Sacha Millstone, Funding the Future board member and senior vice president of investments at the Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James. “We’ve seen firsthand the positive impact that these concerts have on students and are excited to bring GOODING’s rock ‘n’ roll approach to financial literacy into local communities across the nation.”
“It was exciting to see the business community, Starks Financial Group, our nonprofit OnTrack WNC and United Way’s Middle School Success Program team up to provide a high-energy learning opportunity for middle school students,” said Celeste Collins, executive director of OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling. “United Way’s Middle School Success program was incredibly instrumental in getting schools signed on, working out logistics unique to each location, and organizing the concerts.”
To learn more about the Middle School Success Initiative visit: unitedwayabc.org/middle-school-success