In May, the Bank and Funding the Future, a nonprofit organization focused on teaching financial literacy to students, hosted a “Rock the Fed” educational concert at the Denver Branch. Colorado-based hip-hop and R&B duo The Reminders performed and delivered personal finance wisdom for nearly 100 students from Denver’s Strive-PREP Rise High School.

“It’s a creative way to engage students at a young age and encourage them to begin thinking about fiscal responsibility,” said Senior Public Affairs Specialist Erin Davis, who organized the event. “The message also resonates with the students because The Reminders openly discuss financial misconceptions that impacted them early in their careers.”

The Reminders are husband and wife Aja Black and Big Samir. The performers are from Colorado Springs and have shared stages with such artists as Snoop Dogg and K’Naan. The couple talked to students about the importance of saving, having a plan, how to build credit, the dangers of predatory lending and how making wise financial decisions can turn dreams into a reality.

“I thought we were just going to a bank,” said Strive- PREP Rise student Antonio Brunetti. “But now I know more about how to make money and how to have a wealth mentality.”

The event was the second Rock the Fed concert in recent years that the Denver Branch has presented in partnership with Funding the Future.

Funding the Future, based in Wyoming, brings concerts to middle and high schools nationwide with the aim of helping students learn to make smart financial decisions.

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Erin Davis

Senior Stakeholder Engagement Advisor