Your Two Cents: Money Coach teens connect with local business leaders


Money Coach students recently shared stories of financial freedom with a select group of local business leaders in a program we call “Your Two Cents.” Students in the Money Coach financial mentoring program also had the chance to participate in “flash mentoring” discussions with those business leaders, including executives from BMO Harris, Northwestern Mutual, Baird, US Bank, and more.

Below are snippets of quotes shared by the students during the event, which touch on the impact financial education and mentors can have on teens in our community. To find out more about the Money Coach program or these “Your Two Cents” events, contact Adam Braatz, Senior Development Manager at SecureFutures, at



Amanda, a junior at Tenor High School and participant in the program through PEARLS for Teen Girls:“I talk about Money Coach with my friends and to my sister. Money Coach taught me how to budget, prioritize, and secure my future. I’ll apply the skills I learned forever.”





Chao, a current participant of the program at the Hmong American Peace Academy:
“We go to school, we learn geography, writing, literature… but we don’t get taught life lessons like this, and it’s a rare opportunity where after we learn it, we actually use it out there in the real world. I felt really honored and really special. Money Coach is like a second parent to me. It motivates me to achieve bigger and better things because I can save for it.”




Skye, pictured far left, an alumna of the Money Coach program and participated at Urban Underground:

“My coach was very, very helpful. Even after the sessions you can stay there and talk about basically anything. If you don’t understand something they make sure you get it before you make any financial decisions.”

Skye says she learned to track her spending. “I really wanted a car, and Money Coach helped me see that I really needed to prioritize.” (She did eventually get her car!)



Elijah, an alumnus of the program at the Hmong American Peace Academy:

[Money Coach] was a positively terrifying experience. I say that because our coaches really enforced saving and budgeting, and every time we would go to our one-on-one, I was really scared that they wouldn’t be satisfied with how much I saved, but getting the positive feedback really encouraged me. I think everyone needs the positive terror, because if you don’t have it you won’t be able to save.”



Dana, pictured on the left, an alumna of the program at Washington High School:
“Thanks to Money Coach I was able to budget and save for school as well as my own apartment.” Dana is going to school for Early Childhood Education and graduates in December! (Congratulations, Dana!)
“Special thanks to SecureFutures for not only teaching us students/young adults to budget, but to build a strong solid foundation while we’re young!”






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