| Sep 15, 2015
California-based rock group GOODING will stop in Nashville next week to promote financial literacy among students.
It seems like an unusual combination — rock ‘n’ roll and financial literacy — said lead singer Gooding. But empowering youth to make smart financial decisions is a passion, he said.
The band has toured high schools in North America for at least two years, teaching students about financial literacy.
The band will touch on financial concepts like the dangers of predatory lending, as well as life lessons such as the importance of self-reliance, the impact of education and the pitfalls of overnight success.
“I graduated high school learning more geometry than learning how to balance a checkbook. I didn’t know what a credit check was,” Gooding said.
Gooding said he wants students to work hard and work smart.
“I don’t want them to believe that fame or overnight success will fix their problems. That’s what we see on television, that money can solve any problem. It’s really going slow and steady that will protect you,” he said. “I’m saying whatever your passion is, you have to learn about it as much as you can as you go along,” he said.
The Credit Union of America, U.S. Bank, various advisers from Raymond James Financial, Inc. and charity Funding the Future help make GOODING’s high school tour possible.
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