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Atlanta teens invited to Wells Fargo financial workshop this Saturday, Aug. 3

college fund moneyAtlanta Teens Invited for First Time, with Adults, to Free “Get Financially Fit” session

Cascade United Methodist Church on Saturday, August 3

First 30 to register and complete course will get $25 gift card

Just in time for the start of school, the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta has added special sessions for teenagers to its next “Get Financially Fit” seminar, which will take place on Saturday, August 3, at Cascade United Methodist Church.

In addition to the teen classes on credit and the basics of banking, teens and adults will be invited to several other sessions, including credit scores and credit reports, and how to make them better.

To emphasize the importance of attending, the first 30 newcomers who register and complete the course will receive a $25 gift card.  Breakfast and lunch will also be served and child care will be provided.

Everything is free and the program begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 12:30 p.m. Cascade United Methodist Church, which has more than 5,000 parishioners, is located at 3144 Cascade Road SW, 30311.

Registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Register at www.concernedblackclergy.org or by telephoning 404-755-4900.

“Our young people can really benefit by learning good financial habits from an early age,” said Concerned Black Clergy president Rev. Frank Brown. “We are so happy to invite them for the first time, along with grownups. I hope we’ll see parents and their teens side by side at several sessions.”

Rev. Marvin Moss and Frank Brown

Rev. Marvin Moss and Frank Brown

For the first time, Rob Wilson, host of the Financial Solutions weekly radio program on WAOK-1380 AM, will join the seminar as a guest instructor for the teen sessions. Once again, Deatra Riley, a counselor from CredAbility, the Atlanta-based non-profit credit counseling agency, will lead the popular sessions on credit scores and credit reports.

Attendees will be able to select the three topics that are of most interest to them.  In addition to the special classes for teens and the sessions on credit scores and credit reports, attendees will have six other choices:

  • Student loans and financing higher education (teens invited).
  • The basics of banking and budgeting and how to prevent identity theft (teens invited).
  • The basics of home buying as the housing market turns up.
  • Refinancing a mortgage.
  • How to prevent foreclosures.
  • Getting ready for retirement.

“We’re delighted to open our doors to teens and everyone for this important event,” said the Rev. Dr. Marvin A. Moss, Senior Pastor at Cascade United Methodist Church.  “With school starting soon, the timing is excellent.”

Wells Fargo homeownership and financial professionals will also be prepared to discuss the NeighborhoodLIFT program, through which those with annual incomes of up to 120 percent of the area median can receive up to $15,000 for a down payment on a house in the city of Atlanta.  For a family of four, the income limit is $79,550.  The program has more than $2 million available for homebuying.

This is the seventh workshop of its kind in churches across Atlanta. Overwhelmingly, participants attending previous seminars indicated that they would recommend the event to a friend.

“These sessions have now helped more than 700 people,” said Mike Donnelly, Atlanta region president for Wells Fargo. “We are so glad to work with the Concerned Black Clergy to get more people on the road to financial success.”