We're so grateful for the opportunity to work hand in hand with our largest partner, Milwaukee Public Schools, to make sure Milwaukee students graduate with the financial education they need to succeed. MPS continues to stay ahead of the curve in financial education, now becoming only the second urban school district in the nation to require high school students to complete a personal finance course. Hear more from our President and CEO Brenda Campbell, as well as David Mancl from the WI Department of Financial Institutions, on why this is such a significant step.
Scholarship essay contest invests $51,900 in Money Coach alumni

Over 50 Money Coach alumni participated in our first ever scholarship essay contest, sharing how their lives as young adults have been impacted by what they learned in the Money Coach program. After originally planning to award 20 scholarships of $1,500 each, we ended up increasing the number of awards to 34! All participants who did not win were also given a $50 gift card. As the effects of the COVID-19 crisis continue to impact our communities, it was a priority for SecureFutures to find a way to offer direct financial support to young people as they pursue their goals amid challenging circumstances. We look forward to sharing many of the stories that our winners told so compellingly in their essays and video entries!
"As an adult I still take into account the things Money Coach has taught me, and I take pride in the knowledge I learned. Money Coach will forever have a special place in my mind and heart! Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to be in the program."
Bavneet, Money Coach alumni scholarship essay contest winner
A note of gratitude to our outgoing Board members
As we begin a new fiscal year this month, we acknowledge with profound thanks our outgoing Board chair, Pete Syslack, as well as Board members who will be ending their terms of service this year: Christine Smyth, Elmer Moore, Michael Schelble, Rebecca Neumann, and Tracy Foss. Thank you for your investment of time, expertise, and dedication to the work of teen financial empowerment! We look forward to the new ways many of you will continue to be involved in our shared mission in the years to come.
Desiree Cocroft offers empowering message at virtual alumni event

We also reconnected with a number of our past Money Coach participants at our recent virtual alumni education and networking event. The event featured former SecureFutures team member Desiree Cocroft, who's now a podcast host, award-winning author, and entrepreneur. Desiree shared her own financial journey and offered thoughts on how young adults can show up for themselves and work towards their financial and life goals. We're inspired by the way our past program participants continue to take advantage of opportunities like this one to stay on top of their financial game and put what they learned in Money Coach into practice!

We're excited to be planning for a return to in-person programming for Money Coach, and are looking for new and returning volunteers to join us as coaches. The fall semester program runs from October-December, with training in September. To sign up or learn more, contact Program Manager Kiana Ayala at kiana@securefutures.org.

Are you or someone you know looking to join a supportive team doing high-impact work in our community? We currently have openings for two full-time, partly remote positions: a Volunteer Manager and a Business Development Consultant. Apply today!

We're thrilled that our partner Dr. Duong Duong from the Hmong American Peace Academy has been recognized by BizTimes Media as one of southeast Wisconsin's Notable Women in Education! We nominated Dr. Duong in recognition of her exceptional leadership, versatility, creativity, and tireless advocacy for her students. We look forward to many more years of working with Dr. Duong to empower high school students at HAPA with financial literacy education and mentorship!

Registration is open for the 2021 SecureFutures Investment Conference, featuring keynote speaker Jon Gray of Blackstone. If you're a SecureFutures volunteer, you have access to a special ticket price of only $100! That's $75 off the regular registration cost. Register now!
Thank you, corporate and foundation partners!

We are honored to count the Milwaukee Bucks and Wells Fargo among our corporate and foundation supporters. Thank you for investing back into the community by supporting teen financial literacy!
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There are dozens of incredible companies, foundations and individuals who make our teen financial empowerment mission possible. Along with spotlights of those supporters in this newsletter,