Institute Facilitated Sessions with Syracuse Youth Program Pretty Girls Rock

This spring, SEFCU’s Institute for Financial Well-Being facilitated a four-part series of financial education sessions with the youth of Pretty Girls Rock, (PGR) operated by PGR Foundation, Incorporated in Syracuse, with young women ages 11-18. 

The youth participated in sessions called “Does Money Grow on Trees?,” “Financial Well-Being:  Goal Setting for a Bright Financial Future,” “How Do I Pay For That?,” and “H.A.B.I.T.S. for Smart Consumer Spending,” which comprehensively focused on the concepts of planning, saving, budgeting, and sharing. At the final session, the girls were presented with completion certificates for the financial education series.  They each spoke about what they learned and how they were impacted by the sessions.  One participant shared, “I know a lot more about money and how to save it and spend it.”

Institute Facilitated Sessions with Syracuse Youth Program Pretty Girls Rock

Debra McClendon-Boddie, PGR Foundation, Inc. Founder and President said, "SEFCU is definitely a hidden treasure in the Central NY community. I am glad we found you! Our mentees adapted quickly to your kid-friendly curriculum and professional staff teaching style. The workshops really broaden our mentees knowledge about the importance of money and management. It was a joy to see them interact with you and each other around such an important topic. Together we're building future leaders!"

The Institute for Financial Well-Being accepts requests for free financial education from community organizations and private groups and offers pre-scheduled sessions for the general public. As a community service initiative, our mission is to encourage positive habits and financial well-being. There is no expectation for participants to engage in SEFCU products or services.

To make a request for your group, or to enroll in a public session, visit

NOTE: As of August 2019, Pretty Girls Rock will change its name to "Poised, Gifted & Ready Mentoring Program.”