In 2010, Taylor Evans was one of ten students that GHCC hosted through the Baltimore
YouthWorks Program. She helped every day in our main office with filing, copying, and answering the phone and front door.
During her tenure with us, Taylor, along with the other youth workers, participated in a series of professional development workshops. Based on the students’ feedback, the most popular by far was one on financial literacy, led by Annie Spain of key GHCC partner PNC Bank. In this workshop, which PNC offered for free, Annie taught our youth workers about the foundations of money management, how to open a checking account, and how to create a budget.
As the enterprising young woman that she is, Taylor produced a mini-documentary about what she learned. Set to the song “Money in the Bank”, Taylor walks viewers though her own personal experience of opening a checking account and makes a compelling case for why saving money is empowering, especially for young people. “You won’t have to beg your parents when you want that new Beyonce CD” she says, “and you’ll be able to show your parents that you can be responsible and reliable when it comes to saving money.”
Shortly thereafter, Taylor submitted her video to the DollarWise Mayors for Financial Literacy iPad contest, which challenged young adults from Baltimore, Los Angeles, and New York to post a video talking about why their summer job was important. Well guess what? She won!
We’re proud of you Taylor, for winning this award and for keeping that money in the bank!