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Stop dumping sex offenders and violent criminals in Chicago's Englewood Community

Englewood residents have concerns regarding sex offenders being housed in the same building as women and children at 6655 S. Perry Chicago, IL 60621.  Sign the change.org petition.

Hope Inside: All You Need To Know About Your 2021 Taxes - FREE WORKSHOP

MARCH 10, ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR 2021 TAXES

Chicago City Treasurer, Melissa Conyears-Ervin, and Operation HOPE Partner to Launch HOPE Inside, a FREE Financial Literacy Program for All Chicago Residents and Small Business Owners! 

Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin has partnered with Operation HOPE, the nation's preeminent financial counseling and aid organization founded by John Hope Bryant, to launch HOPE Inside! 

HOPE Inside is a year-long initiative offering credit and money management resources for free to all Chicago residents and small business owners. HOPE Inside will provide complimentary services and education to those facing financial challenges, need assistance on debt management, credit score improvement, conversations focused on financial insecurities, building and preserving wealth, and much more! HOPE Inside will provide a mixture of programming and services offered by skilled financial coaches and speakers to include:  

  • Financial Literacy and Development Workshops focused on creating a personal budget, learning to read and correct errors via your credit report, homeownership steps, and more. 
  • Coaching Sessions to help you recover from debt and low FICO scores, prepare a budget analysis, establish a plan of action to resolve credit issues, and much more. 
  • Access to the 700 Credit-Score-Initiative will transform participant's finances and prepare them for future financial success, possibly raising scores 120 points over 18 months of active counseling. 

The HOPE Inside initiative will counsel residents and business owners on the language of money, creating a budget, developing customized action plans around building their businesses, buying homes, repairing credit scores, and making better decisions with the resources available to help protect them from emergencies, save money on expenses, and build long-term wealth. 

Gather your financial goals and join us in MARCH for HOPE Inside workshops!

HOPE Inside: All you need to know about your 2021 taxes

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, starting at 12:00 pm CT/1:00 pm ET. 

Register Now!

HOPE Inside: Budgeting during a pandemic

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, starting at 12:00 pm CT/1:00 pm ET. 

Register Now!

For more information, visit https://www.chicagocitytreasurer.com/hopeinside   or
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST

City Treasurer Conyears-Ervin and BMO Harris Bank are partnering to present the 2021 Black History Month Essay Scholarship Contest focusing on an African-American leader in finance or investments who has paved the way or is paving the way for future leaders in this arena.

Chicago high school seniors may apply by submitting a competitive essay about the person in investment or finance and how this person will make an impact in their community?

The essay contest will award a $1,500 scholarship to the first-place winner and the second-place scholarship of $1,000 to the students whose essays best illustrate this year’s theme.  All entries are required to share the student’s plans for attending a two-or four-year college.  There is no GPA requirement and the essay must be 600-1200 words. 

“We want students to explore various areas and people in business that they may have not heard about and that’s why we chose to have them investigate finance and investments and this is the opportune time since there is so much discussion about finance and investments in the news,” said City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin.

The scholarship contest is a key component of the Treasurer’s ongoing commitment to providing Chicagoans with the tools for creating opportunities in financial services, business, and education that help build wealth, strong communities, and a brighter future. 

All essays will be accepted through February 28, 2021 and should be submitted to citytreasurerevents@cityofchicago.org.  Official rules, complete entry details and additional information is available on the Treasurer’s website at https://www.chicagocitytreasurer.com/

MONEY MONDAYS WITH MELISSA "YOUTH IN INVESTMENTS AND FINANCE"

To help young people and aspiring financial professionals learn about new opportunities and carve successful career paths into the trillion-dollar finance industry, Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin will host Youth in Finance and Investments, the latest in the “Money Mondays with Melissa” series on Feb. 22 at 12pm.

“Part of my goal is to increase diversity in the finance industry,” said Treasurer Conyears-Ervin. “We want to encourage more people to explore professional opportunities in a field where there are good jobs, while giving them the tools for success and access to a well-paying career.  We’re working to do that through our ‘Diversity Scorecard’ that grades firms on their demonstrated diversity, equity and inclusion achievements.  But ensuring diversity requires that young people – and even some older ones – become aware of the opportunities that are available.”

Treasurer Conyears-Ervin will be joined by five leading Chicago financial and investment experts to provide an overview of the career roles and opportunities in finance, including: investment banking; asset management; commercial banking; equity research; corporate finance; risk management and more.  They will share personal experiences and practitioner-oriented insights into career pathways, and job   responsibilities as well as the expert knowledge and behavioral traits required to pursue   specific opportunities and a successful career in the finance industry. 

Featured speakers are:

Sidney Dillard, Partner, Head of Corporate Investment Banking, Loop Capital

Leo Harmon, CFA, CAIA, Senior Managing Director of Mesirow Equity Management

Bevon Joseph, Co-founder, The Greenwood Project

Gregory L. Williams, Senior Managing Director, Partner, Business Development Manager, and Co-Head of the Chicago office of Wellington Management

Craig Slack, Deputy Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer, Office of the City of Chicago Treasurer (moderator for the program).

The Feb. 22 financial services program is free, but advance registration is required.  Click this Zoom link to register https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zZm70AtSTce13hFbCLrLtg 

The program will also be streamed ‘Live’ on ChiTreasurer Facebook page. 

Money Mondays with Melissa is every third Monday of the month with informative guests in the financial industry.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zZm70AtSTce13hFbCLrLtg

CAN BE VIEWED AT A LATER DATE ON CHICAGO TREASURER MELISSA CONYEARS-ERVIN 'LIVE' FACEBOOK PAGE AND YOU TUBE PAGE AS WELL AS CAN-TV WEBSITE

Spanish Coalition for Housing Assists More Than 2,000 Households Amid Pandemic

Housing Counseling Agency Continues Services Virtually to Connect Chicagoans to Housing and Support Resources

Community Needs and Assets Assessment from the Black Metropolis Research Consortium
WTTW CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NEW CONTENT

WTTW recently released its schedule of special programming in celebration of Black History Month. The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song and Chicago programs are part of the February 2021 lineup

Do you know a young person in need?

As we begin 2021, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is anticipating residential openings this winter for girls ages 11-14 and boys and girls 17 and up.

Mayor Lightfoot, CTA and CPS Announce “CTA Elevating Futures Scholarship Fund” Now Accepting Applications from CPS High School Students

CTA opens college scholarship program for low-income Chicago youth in program’s second year.

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