June 18, 2009
In his first commencement address as a Portland City Commissioner, Nick congratulated graduates of the REACH CDC Youth$ave program. For 10 years, the Youth$ave program has taught young people essential financial skills, including budgeting, goal-setting, media-literacy, and how to use credit.
Students set personal goals at the beginning of the program - goals which must be artistic, educational, athletic, or entrepreneurial in nature - and their savings are matched two to one by the program. Youth$ave also offers match money for time spent in community service projects. The programs has helped students save for summer camp, sports fees, college, musical instruments, art supplies, and much more.
Nick reminded the graduates of Nelson Mandela's words: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." He encouraged the students to carry their newly-acquired skills with them throughout their lives.
Lastly, thanks to Justine Reimnitz for the photos! See more in our 'Photo Gallery'