‘Get Financially Fit’ Seminar Coming To Midway

ATLANTA—With the homebuying season in full swing, and a national campaign to teach children to save under way, the 10th “Get Financially Fit” seminar will occur at Midway Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, May 2, the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta announced.

The free session will take place at the church of Pastor Edward S. Reynolds and Associate Pastor “Judge Penny” Brown Reynolds, located at 2280 Godby Road in Atlanta, 30349. Judge Penny attracts some 2,000 women and girls to her Sister Talk conference each fall, and she is a former judge and host of the reality court TV series bearing her name.

In addition to homebuying sessions and a special session for teens, the seminar will provide information on hot money topics including student loans, retirement, small business and identity theft, part of the session on the basics of banking.

Financial coach and author Rob Wilson will co-lead the sessions on growing your small business. And ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions will lead the popular sessions on credit scores and credit reports.

For the second time, the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta will participate. As always, Wells Fargo financial experts will share their expertise.

“So many are coming together for our 10th seminar,” said Concerned Black Clergy president Rev. Frank Brown. “We’re definitely going to have something to appeal to everyone.”

First 30 newcomers receive gift cards, and breakfast and lunch provided

To emphasize the importance of attending, the first 30 newcomers who register and complete the course will receive a $25 gift card. Breakfast and lunch will also be served and child care will be provided.

Everything is free, parking is convenient and the program begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 12:30 p.m.

Registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Register at www.concernedblackclergy.org or by telephoning 404-755-4900. Attendees will choose workshops on three topics that appeal most to them.

A special invitation to women from Judge Penny

“Everyone knows that my mission is to empower women,” Judge Penny said. “This is all about financial empowerment, so I want to offer a special invitation to women and girls to attend.”

The seminar will take place during the annual Teach Children to Save campaign of the American Bankers Association, in which Wells Fargo participates. In addition to a fun session just for teens, parents and teens will be encouraged to attend the student lending, credit and banking basics seminars.

More than a thousand people have now attended Get Financial Fit seminars at nine other churches across the metro area. Overwhelmingly, participants attending previous seminars said they would recommend the event to a friend.

“Our support has been really just a small piece of the puzzle,” said Pamela Cross, senior community development officer for Wells Fargo in Atlanta. “But so many have joined in that we’re starting to make a huge difference.”

The Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta Inc. is the primary, proactive, and principle-centered organization comprised of mostly African-American ministers and laity in the metro area. Membership includes 100-plus churches representing 100,000-plus individuals. The group’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and service to the homeless, helpless and hopeless in the community.

With almost 200 bank stores in the Atlanta area -- more than any other bank -- Wells Fargo serves every other household and has 5,000 team members in the metro area. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

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Educators Unite Day Shines Light On Teachers And Community Stakeholders

Washington, DC—The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) announced that Wednesday, May 6, 2015 is “Educators Unite Day.” The one-day, focused initiative serves to heighten community awareness that teachers are change agents, along with parents and other educational stakeholders who motivate students to learn and achieve. The multi-pronged activities are planned to take place in schools and at other community locations during the annual observance of Teacher Appreciation Week scheduled this year May 4 – May 8, 2015.

“We know that teachers have to connect with their students and motivate them before learning and achievement truly occurs. That’s why DTEC is working to engage the community beyond the classroom to advocate and actively support teachers’ efforts to be the educational change agents that our children so desperately need. ‘Educators Unite Day’ signals that our students need all of us to be actively engaged,” said Dr. Cruse Craig, DTEC Project Director.

Nationwide, highly visible “Educators Unite Day” events are being planned as one part of DTEC’s effort to enhance teachers’ confidence in their ability to inspire and lead predominantly at-risk students to academic success. Throughout the day, students, parents, teachers and community stakeholders will wear the signature tee-shirt imprinted with “Teacher Efficacy…Believing Is Achieving.”

Teachers are encouraged to teach their students about the word “efficacy” and allow them to participate in poem and essay writing contests. Teachers and students can also share their experience on social media and post how the word “efficacy” directly affects them. Parents, local businesses, and members of community organizations are also being encouraged to wear the signature tee-shirt, post on social media using the event’s hashtag #EducatorsUniteDay and creating their own acknowledgements of “Educators Unite Day.”

The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) is a collaboration between The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST) funded by a matching grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The three-year campaign is comprised of a three-pronged strategy to unite educators and community stakeholders working to enhance teacher effectiveness that promotes learning and achievement among at-risk students. The campaign goal is to increase graduation rates.

For more information about how to participate in “Educators Unite Day,” order tee-shirts, student contest entry rules, and more about DTEC visit: www.deltafoundation.net. Or, contact DTEC project director at DTEC@deltafoundation.net .

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