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The goal for entrepreneurial athlete: Teach kids financial literacy
Brandon Miller lends initiative at local schools
 
Published Monday, July 27, 2020 12:06 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

COURTESY BRANDON MILLER
Charlotte Independence goalkeeper Brandon Miller is collaborating with the Young Investors Society to teach financial literacy at low-income schools in the area.

Brandon Miller’s reach extends beyond soccer fields.


The Charlotte native, Charlotte Independence goalkeeper and business owner is collaborating with the Young Investors Society to take their financial literacy program to low-income schools in the area. He will be responsible for connecting the California-based group with local schools, implementing the programs and overseeing corporate sponsorship and donations for fundraising events.


Miller was drawn to the at-risk schools initiative, whose curriculum was written by professors from universities such as Harvard and UCLA. The initiative extends across the country, with a presence in Hong Kong and Malaysia as well. Miller sees it as a tool to eradicate poverty in low-income communities by providing the next generation with financial literacy.


“Giving the youth the ability to understand how to invest in business, how to build businesses, how to manage their own personal finances, and things like that gives the underserved youth an advantage that the generation before them didn’t have,” Miller said.


The program targets high school age students in order to prepare them for the investment and the business world.


“It’s really a program that gives these students a leg up, strictly because they are gaining knowledge beyond the normal curriculum they would get at most schools,” Miller said.  
Miller wants to aggressively target the wealth gap that exists between communities of color and their white counterparts. According to the OneHealth Charlotte Health Alliance—a partnership between Atrium Health, Novant Health and the Mecklenburg County Department of Public Health – 22,904 Mecklenburg families live below the poverty line. The average household income in Mecklenburg County for a Black person is $65,240 compared to $109,942 for a white.

“You see a lot of disparity and poverty when you look at Black and brown communities,” Miller said. “There is a huge wealth gap there and a lot of it has to do with the knowledge of money, the stigma around money, how people manage their money, and the decisions that are made in those communities, as well as outside those communities that impacts those communities. If we can help the youth to have a better understanding of how to best use their money and how to grow their money and build businesses within those communities, that’s one way you can better develop those communities and the next generation to build something greater than what they have now.”


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