The money masters at Flushing Bank recently visited Richmond Hill High School to enrich students about money management. The program, called “Money Smart,” spans several weeks and provides students with basic knowledge and skills necessary to financial independence.
According to Kelly Fenton, Flushing Bank’s Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the bank’s Park Avenue South location, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Flushing Bank’s Money Smart Program for Young Adults curriculum teaches students about bank services, how to open and utilize a bank account, money management, the importance of saving, credit building and how to protect themselves against identity theft.
Fenton hopes the program pushes students to manage their finances responsibly and remain financially stable — tools she feels will lead to successful futures.
Flushing Bank has been conducting seminars at Richmond Hill High School since 2009 and this past year they taught 64 classes to 450 students in just over a three-week period at the south Queens learning institution.
They have since partnered with 11 schools and educated over 750 young people throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
Fenton says the response from students has been positive. They enjoy learning the helpful tips and hearing about what it’s like to run a bank branch.