This Saturday, the nonprofit Pockets Change will present interactive workshops at Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) spring quarterly meeting for their Gifted Network for African-American Students and Families (GNAASF).
Taking place on Saturday, May 15, the theme for this meeting is “The New Way Forward: Learning and Preparing for a World That Doesn’t Exist Yet, The Sequel.” Pockets Change’s workshops will build skills for teaching financial resilience across grades 3-12. Along with GNAASF, the goal is to help students create spending plans and learn how to effectively accomplish their career goals.
WORKSHOP 1 | 10:00-10:45 AM, PST
CREATE YOUR OWN SPENDING VALUES MATRIX: USING OUR SPENDING POWER TO CONFRONT FALSE SOCIAL NARRATIVES
Dyalekt, Director of Pedagogy & Cai Rodrigues-Sherley, Teaching Artist
According to the T. Rowe Price Parents, Kids & Money Survey, parents find it easier to talk to their kids about smoking, drugs, and bullying than to talk about finances. It can be hard to know how and when to talk to your kids about money and what to say. In this course, learn how to start talking to your kids about money at any age. DJ included!
WORKSHOP 2 | 10:55-11:40 AM, PST
HOW TO GET YOUR DREAM JOB
Presenters: Dyalekt, Director of Pedagogy & Cai Rodrigues-Sherley, Teaching Artist,
Using Hip Hop Pedagogy, we encourage learners to discover personal strengths that provide the preparation, skillset, and resilience to thrive. This means training for code-switching, dealing with requirements & regulations, and nurturing your entrepreneurial spirit. The first step in landing your dream job is finding your voice!
More about Pockets Change
Founded in 2009, Pockets Change — a hybrid organization (non-profit 501(c)(3) and s-corp) working with K-12 and college communities across the country — reaches thousands of lives globally through in-person and online workshops, curricula, and a unique approach to making finance personal with the use of hip-hop pedagogy. They help others develop an understanding of their personal relationship with money, new ways of thinking and talking about money, and the skills to take action and advocate for themselves and others. Pockets Change has spent over a decade implementing innovative approaches to financial education to advance their mission of building intergenerational financial resilience with students, families, and educators. It is their belief that financial education is about much more than numbers, it’s a means for self-care and social justice.
Hip-hop pedagogy focuses on understanding self-identity in relation to the whole. Connecting hip-hop and finance develops an understanding of ourselves and our relationship with money. We build financial habits that resonate with our personal identity. We discover how we process information and how to effectively communicate and collaborate. Pockets Change curricula and programming empowers youth, their families, and their educators to see money as a tool and financial decision-making as a personal path that they can navigate.
Pockets Change is working to address systemic issues of educational equity and the racial wealth divide. Their program supports youth in taking agency in their personal financial decisions through peer conversations, unpacking systems, developing habits, identifying personal values, and advocating for what they want now and in the future. By starting with self-care and personal agency, Pockets Change promotes the development of individual capacity to take part in social justice efforts where youth-led problem solving and professional relationship building for social impact can happen.