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Financial Literacy for Everyone

Posted by Tabitha Laffernis

A Youth Leader takes charge of the conversation

Flushing’s Youth Leadership Council is going strong this year! This group of engaged, insightful teenagers aren’t just talking about how to keep their peers informed and their community active - they’re making real moves and real change. A prime example is their Youth Financial Literacy event, which offered teens the chance to learn how to be money-smart in a warm and comfortable environment where questions were always welcomed.

Led by Queens Library staffers Scott McLeod and Melissa Malanuk, the Youth Leadership Council planned and executed this event, which saw over 80 teens learn the realities of how to finance a college education and day-to-day money management through scenarios that applied specifically to young people. With advice that could easily be put into action, this desire to spread awareness and empower young people financially is what propelled the Youth Leadership Council to act.

“My mind is really boggled,” said Melissa Malanuk before the group broke for summer. “I’m so, so proud of you guys. What you accomplished today is because of all the hard work you put in. We’re really going to miss seeing you guys every other day of the week.” “It’s the best part of the week,” Scott agreed.

The Youth-to-Youth financial literacy workshop in session

After the event, the Youth Leadership Council regrouped to discuss what they enjoyed about the event. “I like that it wasn’t that formal,” said one young leader. “I think there should’ve been a bigger room!” said another. “It seemed like more people wanted to come in.”

Overall, the event - and the Council - were huge successes, which was no surprise given the hard work of everyone involved. Queens Library seconds Melissa - everyone else is proud of you, too!