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MPS seniors learn financial planning

About 25 MPS seniors took part in a new Financial Freedom Summit hosted by the MPS Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement (BLMA) on May 10. Students toured residential and commercial projects and heard from local business leaders. Young men from Bradley Technical and Trade School, Riverside University High School, South Division High School, and Washington High School were invited to the event after taking part in BLMA programs throughout the school year.

The event was organized to give students insight into the hidden side of finance. Guest speakers talked about investing, real estate, and banking, and touched upon areas that ranged from personal finances to corporate and commercial careers.

Students explored the city by riding the new transportation venture The Hop, toured city hall, and visited an apartment and a multi-use building under construction to hear about the process of real estate investing and development. Guests Kevin Newell and Kalan Haywood served as tour guides and local experts at several sites.

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