LEWISTON — Young people employed with the city’s Department of Recreation summer jobs program will receive an education on how to wisely use and save their hard-earned money through an effort kicked off by Mayor Laurent F. Gilbert, Sr.
The initiative is part of the national Dollar Wi$e Summer Youth Campaign sponsored by The United States Conference of Mayors.
Due to Lewiston’s active role in the Lewiston-Auburn Tax Credit Awareness CA$H Coalition’s Earned Income Tax Credit annual awareness campaign, the city was contacted by the USCM this spring as a possible location for financial literacy outreach to youth.
Since then, Recreation Director Maggie Chisholm has been communicating with the United States Conference of Mayors to learn more about the national initiative and to develop a plan that will go hand in hand with Lewiston’s summer recreation program. Interactive workshops will be held on either a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
The All-America City of Lewiston is one of only 25 cities nationwide that are participating in the Summer Youth Campaign.
“We want this to be an invigorating experience for the youth in our summer jobs program,” Chisholm said. “Our goal is to provide them with an understanding about wise money choices when earning a paycheck. From understanding what taxes are taken out of their checks to the importance of savings, we hope they’ll feel empowered through knowledge that will aid them when making future financial choices and decisions.”
For more information on the USCM Dollar Wi$e Summer Youth Campaign, visit http://usmayors.org/dollarwise/syc.asp

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