Summer Interns Contribute to Financial Literacy Workshops

We at ADC are continuously discussing the Importance of Financial Education, and offer Financial Literacy workshops & counseling throughout the year as part of our community economic development efforts.

These services have traditionally been aimed at the adult population, but similar to our recent pilot program for College Bound Entrepreneurs, ADC understands the importance of educating the youth on financial issues for a more stable and prosperous future.

Therefore, we are proud to announce that this summer the African Development Center is working with a group of talented interns to organize and offer a financial literacy workshop aimed at the community’s youth. The workshop will be designed and facilitated by John Sankara, Hawa Abdinur, and Hanad Samatar, and tailored toward youth of high school and college age.

Specialists from various finance/lending institutions, university programs, community-based organizations, and faith-based groups will present on their areas of expertise. Partners to this project are the University of Minnesota Extension, Macalester College, Brian Coyle Center (The Girls of the Traveling Scarf collective), and Hope Street.

The two-day workshop led by the interns will cover the following topics:

  • Setting goals Making a money plan
  • Budgeting and Saving Understanding income and expenses
  • Credit, Banking, and Identity Theft
  • Paying for College Understanding financial aid and student loans
  • Insurance and Investing

The two-day workshop is open to all youth and will take place as follows:
Date: Tuesdays, July 23 & 30, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: African Development Center

To RSVP a spot please call or email Hawa Abdinur,, 1-877-232-4775

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ADC 2013 Financial Literacy Interns

John Sankara is originally from Nairobi, Kenya but has lived in South Africa for two years while a student at the African Leadership Academy in the outskirts of Johannesburg. At Macalester, John is pursuing Economics and Physics as a Kofi Annan Scholar. He is also a Chuck Green Fellow and an international student mentor. Outside the classroom, he is part of Macalester Men’s Rugby Club and chairs the Macalester African Students Association (Afrika!). He recently took up soccer and pool which he enjoys playing with friends. John is an avid reader and just finished the Pulitzer-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

Hawa Abdi-Nur was born in Kenya, and her parents are originally from Somalia. She has lived in the United States since age three. At heart, she is both a New Yorker and a proud Buckeye. Her parents recently relocated to Minneapolis, and as someone who once lived in this city, Hawa is working hard to reconnect with her roots. This fall she’ll be relocating to her other home in Philadelphia to complete her senior year at the University of Pennsylvania. At UPenn, she’s pursuing a Political Science degree, and is actively involved in numerous organizations. Hawa serves on both the executive boards of the Muslim Students Association and the Dut Jok Youth Foundation. She’s also held many work-study positions with various groups on campus such as the Penn Office of Government and Community Affairs, Wharton Magazine, Rodin College House, and PennCap and McNair Scholars Program.

Hanad Samatar will be a senior next year at The Blake School in Minneapolis, MN. As the oldest son of Hussein Samatar, Hanad has grown up with much experience about ADC and continues to learn much more through summer internships with the ADC. He believes that his interning at ADC for two successive summers will not only help out the community and make his father proud, but will also enable him some valuable job experience for the future. Hanad also plays American Football on his school team and enjoys listening to music in his free time.

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