The Fair will include free activities for the entire family and will focus on such issues as college funding options, achieving a financial goal and caring for aging parents. A representative of the statewide nonprofit, Central Scholarship, will host the session on “Finding Money for College.” Stuart Ritter, Senior Financial Planner with T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., will discuss “Achieving a Financial Goal.” A representative of the Howard County Office on Aging will present information about “Caring for Aging Parents.”
Workshops, financial planning sessions, tax preparation and a “credit café” where participants can obtain a credit report will be featured. Pro bono financial planners will be available for consultation. Over 30 exhibitors will provide information about local financial resources.
Activities for children ages 12-18 and their parents will include the popular Y-Fi (Youth Finance) interactive financial simulation designed to show how career, education and spending choices impact success. The event simulation is inspired by portions of Junior Achievement’s nationally acclaimed JA Finance Park program and was previously included in Y-FI events held by MakingChange.
The Money Matters Fair will be held at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Road in Columbia. A scavenger hunt, entertainment by the Tree House School of Music, gift card drawings and free child care will be provided. Food may be purchased at food trucks in the parking lot. Registration is requested but not required atMoneyMattersFair.EventBrite.
MakingChange provides group seminars, personal coaching and community education to teach people to manage their money and change their lives. Its programs are offered in schools, human service agencies and businesses. For more information, visitwww.makingchangecenter.org.