Meet Ryan —
one of the “lucky” teens
The taste was “terrible.” Powdered milk, gritty and watered down, nothing like what Ryan knew should be in his cereal. Real milk was about $2 at the grocery store across the street from his family’s Milwaukee home, but times were tough. Ryan says, “We were poor, and I promised myself I’d never be in that place again. But I didn’t really know how to avoid that.”
Because of his experience in our programs, Ryan considers himself one of the "lucky" teens in our community.
Ryan joined Money Coach in 2015 through one of our community-based financial education partners. In a matter of months, Ryan had opened his checking and savings account, started to track expenses and budget, and put money away for college, which he knew would be "expensive." Ryan said his Money Coach volunteers shared their experiences and gave him the confidence that he could control his financial future. And it was his future that was becoming so much clearer ...