Secretary of State Securities Division Hosted “Money Talks” Financial Literacy Program in Fulton and Rabun Counties

February 12th, 2024

Atlanta - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s Securities Division hosted the “Money Talks” financial literacy program at Hapeville Charter Career Academy, Tallulah Falls High School, and Student Leadership Johns Creek. This program strongly supports the Securities Division’s goal to empower, educate, and encourage students in Georgia.

“Money Talks teaches the next generation how to be financially savvy," said Secretary Raffensperger. “I couldn’t be more proud of the work being done to empower Georgia’s students.”

The program was moderated by Atlanta radio personality Art Terrell. The panelists, Sileta Bell, President of The Bell Consultants; Leanne Francis Crayport, Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting; Ebony Francis, CEO, B.A., MBA, Accountant at AvestiCorp; and Cait Howerton, MBA, CFP®, Certified Financial Planner Professional at Archer Investment Management, led insightful and engaging conversations on practical money skills which includes, budgeting, saving and investing, maximizing income, credit and loans, and minimizing the cost of college.

“We want to have a state-wide reach,” said Noula Zaharis, Division Director “Our division is ready and willing to connect with your community – just ask!”

The Secretary of State Securities Division is a leader in improving financial literacy through outreach and education. The students were given two free resources at the event: Investor & Financial Literacy Guide, Strategies for Investing Wisely & Avoiding Financial Fraud, as well as Starting Your Financial Future: Making Informed Decisions When Starting Your New Job.

The Securities Division would like to extend a special thank you to the school Student Ambassador advisors, and faculty for giving us the opportunity to empower the students to be financially savvy.

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