Champion for Change: Our Mission

Our Mission

Use Early Intervention To Engage Students In An Educational Process To Build Generational Wealth Through Financial Literacy.

Reaching children one book at a time



"Bridging the Financial Literacy Gap One Book at a Time"

Meet Chelsea Addision

Teacher, Board of Education, Author, Artist, Activist, Champion For Change

Who is Chelsea Addison?

Chelsea stands on the principles of educational equity and strives to bridge the opportunity gap through accountability, advocacy, and policy.

What is her charge?

Use early intervention to engage students pre-k through 5th grade in an educational process to build generational wealth through financial literacy.

Why?

A strong financial beginning is vital in ensuring financial wellness for our youth and communities as a whole.

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Starting Out

Raised in ATL.

Chelsea Addison was raised in Atlanta, GA and currently resides in University City, MO. Upon High School graduation, she attended college at The College of Wooster with a Posse scholarship and received an Undergraduate Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is now an entrepreneur, artist, and self published author of a financial literacy children’s book collection. She is the CEO of Addwin Publishing & Media, LLC and is the cofounder of TradEd Transitions (an employment lab where teenagers are exposed to and experience post graduate opportunities with experts in an area of interest).

On the Move

Community Leader.

Chelsea moved to St. Louis in 2014 where she taught for three years at Shaw Visual and Performing Arts Elementary School and received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.
During her third year of teaching Chelsea ran for office and was elected as the youngest director and board secretary to serve on the School District of University City’s Board of Education. She also serves as a Board of Director for the nonprofit Ready Readers, servicing early childhood readers in St. Louis.

Standing Firm

Educational Equality.

Chelsea stands on the principles of educational equity and strives to bridge the opportunity gap through accountability, advocacy, and policy.

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We All Can Agree On

Our Children Are Facing a Difficult Financial Future, Without the Right Foundation.

“I want readers to gain knowledge from Financial Friends to bridge the widening financial gaps. I believe students should learn to manage money, create budgets, and build habits leading them to become financially secure adults, BEFORE HIGH SCHOOL. Not learning these skills in school results in costly mistakes with lasting consequences.”
Chelsea Addison
Author

4 of 5 Adults say they were never given the opportunity to learn about personal finance

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70% of Americans ages 18-39 years of age say

Someday they will need to be more financially secure – they just don’t know how to get there.

Top Financial Stressors for 20-36 yo.

Saving for the future, Knowing how to invest, Sticking to a budget

Learning for Children

There is a great thirst for financial education out there – but the information available is not presented in a compelling way for children.

PWC Report

The wealth gap in the United States is threatening Americans’ aspirations for social advancement and equal opportunity. Minorities, women and the least educated have some of the lowest financial literacy rates in the nation, a major concern for businesses that see attracting a more diverse workforce as a business imperative.
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Our nation’s teachers are critical to helping curb the gap in financial education. While the responsibility of financial education has traditionally been left to parents and guardians, K-12 educators increasingly view it as a shared responsibility that schools can and should take on, starting in the early grades. Educators see the value of teaching students to budget, prepare for the future and become better financial decision makers. But educators need more support to adequately teach these skills.
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Younger teachers are stronger supporters of teaching financial education at an early age, and use classroom time to do so.
Millennial teachers are champions of financial education 62%believe we should start financial education in elementary school.
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While 67% of K-12 teachers believe the best time to start teaching financial education is in elementary school, only 21% of teachers indicate that their school or district actually does so.
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How do we help solve this problem?

Financial Friends will use fun, activity based curriculum, music, and a collection of relatable stories to provide financial literacy lessons elementary students can enjoy!

Our primary focus is to use early intervention to teach topics like budgeting, savings, spending, and investing through a badging system  where students can EARN MONEY and APPLY what they have learned!

 

Where We Are Headed in 2019 - 2021

Introduce the curriculum with Savannah and friends.

Coming September 2019.

Available now! Click here for more information. 

Coming in September 2019.

Coming in October 2019.

Coming in January 2020.

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Coming in April 2020.

Join Me in this Movement!

There’s so much we can accomplish when we partner together.

Any support you provide is a step toward the goal of impacting the financial future of the next generation.

 

Testimonials

Check out what our financial friends are saying

Chelsea's work on the University City School Board is rooted in her values of equity, hard work, and integrity, and in her belief that all kids can achieve and reach their full potential when they have access to great educational opportunities. Chelsea approaches her work with a sense of urgency, creativity, joyfulness, and drive. She uses her talents to advance goals she believes will have the greatest positive impact on students, educators, and her community. It's a true pleasure to support her in achieving her mission!
Erin Snow
Erin Snow
Leadership for Educational Equity
Chelsea is an innovator and entrepreneur. With her most recent project, she is combining her passion for skill development, education, and empowerment into a children's book on financial literacy. In working alongside her, I am grateful for her vision and insight to push organizations and people forward. We are lucky to have her passion and commitment in St. Louis as an educator, learner, leader, and change maker.
Jackie Gold
Jackie Gold
Ready Readers Board of Directors, Program Advisory Committee
“If children learn nothing else from Savannah, it should be how she pursues her dreams with reckless abandon, learns from her mistakes, and makes the necessary changes to still reach her goals. Just like Chelsea. ”
Tishaura O. Jones,
Treasurer,City of St. Louis, Missouri
I read Savannah’s Savings Jar and I loved it! All kids need to read this story. The lessons in this story could help children and parents. Chelsea has been the best kept secret in St. Louis. Thank you for giving my kids representation of BLACK EXCELLENCE. You are truly an MVP.
Marvin Mitchell
Marvin Mitchell
Owner Compass Retirement Solutions
That’s good I haven’t seen anything like that. It’s not cartoonish. That’s real. It’s excellent. I love it.
Damian Hall
R&B Artist - Guy