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Young Black Men

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MBK Cincinnati Wealth Achievers Program

My Brother’s Keeper Cincinnati, with support from key partners, launched the Wealth Achievers Pilot Program in the Fall of 2021.

 

Through partnerships with local Cincinnati schools, we connect with young men of color who are interested in increasing their knowledge of financial literacy. The program takes a multifaceted approach to growth by focusing on the HEAD (Knowledge Delivery), the HEART (Establishing Trust), and the HAND (Experiential Learning). The students enrolled in this program will also be given the opportunity to earn a financial incentive by participating in the program.

To many, the public perception is that poverty is a choice. We believe that poverty is a social justice issue. Our approach to solving it is to break the generational cycle of poverty by creating equal access to wealth creation and financial literacy at a high school level. This program is designed to educate students on strategies to manage, save, and generate money through events, learning experiences, and coaching.

 

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HAVING THE WEALTH ACHIEVERS PROGRAM AT YOUR SCHOOL, CONTACT US TODAY

Our Financial Literacy Framework

MBK Cincinnati Wealth Achievers Framework

HEAD “HOW THEY THINK”

The second high level competency area in financial literacy involves what they know.  So almost half of the program is geared toward boosting knowledge around key financial literacy topics (e.g., 6 financial muscles of banking, saving, budgeting, investing, etc.).

HEART “HOW THEY FEEL”

Emotions around money such as having over confidence or lack of confidence, fear, greed, Emotional Intelligence, and many other aspects impact how someone engages with financial literacy.  Thus, a significant part of the program design includes components to impact “heart” related dimensions (e.g., mentoring relationships, trust building, risk taking, testimonials/sharing, etc).

HAND “WHAT THEY DO”

Our Wealth Achievers program design also relies heavily on experiential learning in order to impact the “head” and “heart” areas in regards to financial literacy.  Exercises such as discussions on a field trip (e.g., Freedom Center), vision board, an account to manage, and table exercises are all included to leverage experience as a key learning methodology.

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PROGRAM
COMPONENTS

Wealth Achievers Program Components

Example Curriculum
Sophomore Year 2024

IN CLASS CURRICULUM

  • 1.1 Envision Your Best Life - What Does Being Wealthy Look Like to You

  • 1.2 Envision Your Best Life - Creating Vision Boards

  • 1.3 Envision Your Best Life - Vision Board Sharing

  • 2.1 History of Money Trivia

  • 2.2 Investing*

  • 2.3 Making Money - Our Money Today*

  • 2.4 Borrowing and Respecting Money*

  • 2.5 Saving Money*

  • 2.6 Understanding Your Money Habits*

  • 3.1 Envisioning Your Work Life

*  In partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland | Cincinnati Office

FIELD TRIPS

  1. Black Entrepreneur Leadership Panel

  2. Black Men in Banking

  3. Black Men Who Work In Medicine

  4. Cincinnati Reds MBK Day

  5. Courtroom Visit - Judge Kari Bloom

  6. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

  7. Freedom Center

  8. Introduction to Gaming

  9. Reds Hall of Fame Museum 

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