Why I volunteer

“I volunteer because I think financial literacy is essential to everyone. I believe in the Reality Store and the impact it can have on the lives of the teens that participate. I have worked for Charles Schwab for over 10 years and every day I see how the financial choices we make shape our lives. With the Reality Store we allow teenagers with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland to experience the critical financial decisions they will make as an adult. This interactive event teaches valuable lessons while still being fun for both the participants and the volunteers. As the teens get an idea of actual costs of living you can see when it clicks. They come away from the experience more conscious of their spending habits and making more realistic plans for the future. Seeing that change in mind-set is what drives me to continue volunteering.”

Katie Kennedy