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Press Release

Texas Southern University to Pilot Personal Finance Program for Students
Unique, new seminar designed to prepare students for entering the workforce.

October 30, 2001 – (Oakland, CA) – Marabella Books today announced that Texas Southern University (TSU), will become the first to test a new, free financial education program designed specifically for students of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), The program will be held on Texas Southern’s campus at the Jesse H. Jones School of Business on November 8th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

Money University, as the program is aptly called, is part of a suite of financial education products created and designed by Marabella’s School of Personal Economics. Recognizing the need for education in personal economics fundamentals, Marabella developed Money University for young adults about to enter the workforce. The curriculum is designed to ensure basic mastery of subjects ranging from saving and budgeting to investing and debt management. There is a short section about understanding employee benefits and taxes.

"One of the most valuable and enduring assets we can give our young Black adults as we prepare the next generation is the power of financial independence and economic power," said Marabella co-founder Tracey Scott. "Life planning skills, particularly managing personal financial affairs, are critical to the personal and professional success of our future leaders."

Committed to providing its students with a broad range of academic and practical skills, TSU was eager to deliver personal economics education to their students. Harry Clack, Director of Career Planning and Placement at TSU stated, "Marabella’s Money University not only gives perspective on the theories and concepts students may learn in an economics course, it is also one element of a complete package of career-building skills that TSU provides."

Money University co-founders Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Tracey Scott will conduct the seminar. Yetunde is a financial advisor and author of the books Beyond 40 Acres & Another Pair of Shoes and The Inheritance. Scott is an experienced presenter and member of the board of the country’s eleventh largest credit union.

Hosted by TSU’s Career Planning and Placement Office, Money University will be held on Thursday, November 8th from 5:30-8:00 pm at the University’s Jesse H. Jones School of Business. Texas Southern is located at: 3100 Cleburne Avenue, Houston, TX 77004. The seminar is free and open to students and their families.

About Marabella Books and the School of Personal Economics
Marabella is a private, Black women-owned media and education company with a mission to provide products and services that empower people to create personal econo-cultures benefiting their families and communities. The School of Personal Economics delivers financial seminars to audiences like students of HBCUs and Black church congregations nationwide. 

About Texas Southern University
Driven by a goal of "Excellence in Achievement," Texas Southern University is one of two comprehensive Black institutions in the world. The university’s 7,000 students pursue degrees and professional training in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs including the arts, public affairs, education, business, health sciences, law, pharmacy, and technology.

Contacts:
Tracey Scott, Marabella’s Money University
510-482-6409
tscott@smartsisters.com

Harry Clack, Texas Southern University
713-313-7142

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