Citizens For A Better Norwood

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pro athlete, top lawyer promoting financial literacy for Norwood youth

Jonathan Fanene of the Cincinnati Bengals (on the left above), and Eric “The Bulldog” Deters (on the right above) of 700 WLW joined The Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation on October 12th along with Huntington Bank to kick off MONEY MATTERS: It’s Either Working For You or Someone Else program to Norwood Middle School where twenty-six youth from the middle school and Cornerstone Christian Academy are participating.

Jonathan and Eric came to highlight the importance and need for financial literacy training for young people with 'real world’ applications. This six week program is being taught by former Police Officer John Keuffer, NFL Alumni Richard Carey and retired P&G Executive Kathy Garrison as part of a one hour regular classroom. MONEY MATTERS™ was created by the trio in 1999 as a pilot program in teaching financial literacy to gang involved youth. Since then, they have taught the program to thousands of youth across the country.

“It’s a great opportunity to give back to kids and it’s tremendous that The Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation along with Huntington Bank are providing the funding to make this happen.” Fanene commented.

The Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation spearheaded this project by raising funds for the program and providing the manuals for the youth. They also brought in local sponsor Huntington Bank who helped with funding as well as four piggy banks for each participant to learn how to budget money . Center City Collision and The Norwood Professional Business Women’s Club also made contributions. The Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation was formed to honor the memory of a young boy, Caleb Fuller who passed away from bone cancer. It was Caleb's wish that he "not be forgotten". “We are excited to help other youth and to do so in Caleb’s honor.” commented Dr. Joyce McDowell, Community Liaison of the Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation. Dr. McDowell also stated that there has been a lot of interest from parents about this program who would like their child to be able to participate in the class. If anyone is interested in a one day mini version of this program this spring for kids and parents, please contact Dr. McDowell at 513-236-2838.

Click here for information on Teen Response and Money Matters™.

Click here for more information on The Caleb Tate-Fuller Foundation.