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A Bilingual Financial Literacy Symposium to be offered by the Hartford City Treasurer’s Office

The Treasurer’s Office is holding the event in partnership with the City Council, the Hartford Public Schools, Liberty Bank, Hartford Parent University, The Children’s Museum, and Voya Financial

HARTFORD, CONN (September 25, 2023) – A Bilingual Financial Literacy Symposium will be offered, free of charge, to Hartford city employees, parents and high school students on Saturday, September 30th.  The event will be hosted by Hartford City Treasurer Carmen I. Sierra, in partnership with the City Council, the Hartford Public Schools, Liberty Bank, Voya Financial, Hartford Parent University, and The Children’s Museum.

The event will take place at the Sports and Medical Sciences Academy, 280 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford, CT, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.  Complimentary transportation for Hartford residents will be provided as well as food, childcare, and Spanish translators.

The goal of the Bilingual Financial Literacy Symposium is to empower families with financial expertise that will help them achieve long-sustaining wealth.

“The passing of SB-1165 (An Act Concerning Financial Literacy Instruction), a state program signifies the importance of financial literacy in our community,” said Treasurer Carmen I. Sierra. “As City Treasurer, my responsibility is to work with community leaders to provide the necessary resources and networks to improve financial literacy skills among our high school students and our community as a whole.”

“Comprehensive financial literacy empowers our citizens” said Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez.  “Equitable access to financial skills dismantles systemic barriers.”

“I’m truly excited about our upcoming financial literacy program.” said Council President Maly Rosado.  “This program provides the essential skills, opens doors to homeownership and unlocks college scholarships.  This initiative will fulfill dreams and lead to prosperous futures.”

“Liberty Bank is proud to partner with the City of Hartford Treasurer’s Office and Hartford Public Schools to provide financial literacy expertise and tools to low-income families, which includes two of Liberty’s top affordable lending officers who will offer guidance on the process and steps in purchasing a home,” said David W. Glidden, President & CEO of Liberty Bank. “From budgeting basics and building credit to understanding student aid and homeownership, we have a great bilingual symposium planned that will truly empower local families and help enrich their financial futures.”

Numerous community partners will be on site to exhibit their services and share their expertise with attendees.  Among them is Patrina Dixon, Founder and CEO of It’$ My Money®️, who will moderate a panel titled, “Your Money Matters, Setting A Strong Financial Foundation.”  Ms. Dixon is a Certified Financial Education Instructor, Registered Financial Consultant and two-time #1 Best Selling Author.  She and her team are on a mission to help people transform their lives by mastering money management skills

Additional workshops offered throughout the day will include:   

Rashia Schand who will focus on ‘Budgeting Basics,’ is a passionate advocate of financial literacy as well as a wife, mother of four, Mortgage Loan Officer and Financial Educator. She has dedicated personal time to teaching financial literacy across Connecticut and is the author of Jumpstart Your Money Journey, a financial literacy book series for children and young adults.

Stephen Robert, CEO of Bedrock Credit America, a non-profit dedicated to credit education, will provide information on ‘Building Your Credit.’

Dr. Chaka Felder-McEntire and her team, Vanessa Newman and Angelica Morales from Higher Heights will share specifics on how to apply for free Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Lastly, two Affordable Lending Loan Officers from Liberty Bank, Dante Galvez and Pam Hippolyte, will help attendees understand the process and steps to purchasing a home.

Limited spots remain.  Interested attendees should register by accessing the registration form at the City Treasurer’s website by September 26th: www.hartfordcitytreasurer.org/your-money-matters


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