Show Me the Money Day hosted by Urban Neighborhood Initiatives at WAY Academy

A recent triumph of Urban Neighborhood Initiatives was in the form of a community event called Show Me the Money Day which occurred earlier last month. Show Me the Money Day is an event that has been occurring throughout Michigan for several years and was created by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), but has never been hosted in Detroit until now. CEDAM is an organization that promotes economic stability by providing resources that promote vibrant communities in Michigan. Show Me the Money Day was developed as a way to more directly empower communities by engaging local financial institutions to orchestrate financial workshops and offers services that are available to residents nearby. UNI and WAY academy were thrilled to be able to bring this event to Detroit. Southwest Detroit’s first Show Me the Money Day event was made possible because of all of the wonderful partners and volunteers that worked with UNI and WAY Academy to make the event a success. The event was kicked off by Southwest resident Rashida Tlaib, who shared the benefits of economic stability.

This particular SMTMD event was a collection of workshops, guest speakers, networking opportunities with community leaders and representatives, food, drinks, and a magnitude of useful information and resources to create financial growth. The first Southwest Detroit Show Me the Money Day focused on financial health through credit repair and banking workshops facilitated by PNC Bank.  Additionally, there were two workshops discussing Tax Preparation by Accounting Aid Society, and DACA and You led by Michigan United. The workshops also included an Affording College series, of 2 demonstrations.  First, Scholarship and Budgeting which was presented by Madonna University and the second, a demonstration on Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the Accounting Aid Society was delivered. This youth focus was a first for Show Me the Money Day and proved to be useful to the young people in Southwest Detroit. As if this was not enough, we had the privilege of having many organizations sharing their resources in our vendor café. Ultimately, roughly 50 Southwest Community Members benefited from our first Show Me the Money Day and we hope to have an even bigger turn out next year! We are extremely grateful to the many volunteers that donated their time to help the day run smoothly.