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San Benito High School’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness For Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) recently hosted a Financial Literacy Community Outreach Event at Capital One Bank in San Benito where local bankers provided tips about budgeting and discussed other important financial topics.

GEAR UP provides critical early college awareness and support activities such as tutoring, mentoring, academic preparation, financial education, and college scholarships to improve access to higher education for low income, minority and disadvantaged first-generation students and their families.

Region One Education Service Center GEAR UP Specialist Melissa Lopez, who spearheads this initiative regionally, has created the South Texas Financial Literacy Alliance with various banks across the Rio Grande Valley. Capital One Bank Director Cynthia Graham and other branch managers attended the San Benito event, providing tips to parents and students about financial matters such as credit versus debit, credit scores and the importance of saving for college.

Ida Garcia, a GEAR UP Facilitator at San Benito High School, said that helping students develop a sense of financial awareness will help them as they set their sights on college.

“We are trying to get the awareness to promote financial literacy in our region,” added Garcia. “We want our students to graduate college-ready, but we also want them to have an awareness and understand the importance of managing money.”

To learn more about the GEAR UP Program at San Benito High School, please call 361-6352.

Source: Valley morning Star