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Montgomery, Alabama - Over the last year, a group of Montgomery students had the opportunity to participate in the "Dollar and Sense" Youth Investment Program sponsored by the Corporate Office of State Farm in partnership with 100 Black Men of America, Inc. The program introduced the students to basic financial literacy principles along with wealth development, retirement planning, and lifestyle sustainment strategies through investment vehicles and saving practices. The program ended with a national competition held in New Orleans where youth from around the country competed to win scholarships. In the competition, the youth were given a scenario in which they have to act as financial planners and develop a portfolio for the client's situation in the scenario. They also have to respond to a series of questions from a panel of judges that consisted of senior leadership from various companies including State Farm and Wells Fargo.

William Lewis, Tyrone Keels, Aliyah Childrey, and Jerneice McNeal were the four students selected to represent the Montgomery Chapter of 100 Black Men of America in the competition. They aced the preliminary rounds and competed in the finals against groups from Indianapolis and Washington D.C. The students won scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 along with other prizes. Each of them were students from Booker T. Washington Magnet High School while participating in the program. William Lewis and Tyrone Keels graduated from BTW in May and will be respectively attend Alabama State University and the Art Institute of Nashville in the fall. The students were mentored and coached by Dr. DeShannon McDonald of BTW High School
and Mr. Trevor Smalls of Simplified Management Products, Inc. The local chapter hopes that the accomplishments of the young people involved from our community will inspire support from our local State Farm and Wells Fargo partners.