More than sixty high school students in the Boston Public Schools special education program gathered at City Hall Plaza yesterday for a meet-and-greet with bank representatives organized by Bank On Boston, a program that connects residents with reliable financial products and services. At the event, students were able to ask financial questions, open accounts, and meet with Disability Commissioner Kristen McCosh, who congratulated them on their journey toward financial well-being.
The banking event was part of the BPS Financial Empowerment Initiative, a program to teach financial skills in the classroom. As part of the initiative, students took part in a National Disability Institute curriculum that introduced such topics as money basics, financial services, identity protection, social security work incentives, and financial supports. Each student earned $100 for completing the coursework. Their families also participated in webinars that reviewed financial empowerment resources and ABLE accounts, special tax-advantaged accounts for people with disabilities.
Participating financial organizations at the banking event included City of Boston Credit Union, Metro Credit Union, Citizens Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Rockland Trust, and Berkshire Bank’s Reevx Lab.