Young people, funders and supporters gathered at the House of Lords this month for the MyBnk Summer Showcase – celebrating the power of our financial education and enterprise programmes!
On the banks of the River Thames, we heard stories from the frontline of poverty prevention and enterprise. There was also a loud call to build on the success of getting money skills onto the national curriculum by raising quality and standards.
We welcomed our new MyBnk Patron, broadcaster and campaigner June Sarpong, who shared her experiences of struggling with money growing up in East London. Doug Wills, Managing Editor of the Evening Standard Ltd. explained how MyBnk was championing the same spirit as his newspaper’s literacy and social enterprise campaigns, and our sponsors MVision laid out the sustainability argument on the need for what we do. Syed Kamall MEP also brought the political take on the MyBnk mission – even shooting an impromptu video with June and our Founder & Co-CEO Lily Lapenna!
Young people from Ealing Leaving Care, Havering College, Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls, and Collage Arts told us how they gained new skills and confidence from our workshops.
“MyBnk taught us how to communicate and conflict resolution. Young people need this experience”.
Henrique, Havering College – Made £150 in profits from selling customised cakes and brownies in Romford Market – Mind Your own Business, supported by Blackstone.
“I thought I could budget, I left care and my savings disappeared. MyBnk taught me how to look after my money – they got us where we needed to go”.
Adriana, Ealing Leaving Care – Learnt how to budget and live independently – Money Works. A programme supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Backers of our vital work shared their insights on the need for young people to learn money and business skills in an age of the global race.
“Education is key, what MyBnk does is amazing, giving the most financially vulnerable in our society the skills to live independently and achieve their dreams.” June Sarpong, MyBnk Patron.
“For a young person, learning how to manage money is as important as learning how to cross the road.” Charles Beazley, MVision.
“You’re providing a life raft for young people.” Doug Wills, Evening Standard Ltd.
A huge thanks to everyone who helped make this a special day as we continue our journey to give young people the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage their money and lead enterprising lives!