Empower Our Youth Financial Literacy Benefit

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Hill Harper and the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation invite you to raise funds for financial literacy

Manifest Your Destiny (MYD), a non-profit organization founded by award-winning actor Hill Harper, will host its first annual Empower Our Youth benefit on Saturday, January 26th 2013. Taking place at the historical Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the event will raise funds and awareness surrounding the detriments and necessity for financial literacy. Additionally, the event will serve as a launching pad for Harper to discuss his goal of exposing all youth to financial literacy through a nationwide university tour entitled, The Anti-Bling Blueprint Tour, tentatively scheduled to kick off Fall 2013. Celebrities and athletes alike will descend upon Grauman’s Ballroom dressed in the Roaring 20’s attire. Tickets to the event can be purchased via http://www.empowerouryouthbenefit.com. All funds generated from the benefit will go towards curriculum and program development that prepares our youth for life-long and successful financial decision-making.

Harper is an Ivy League graduate (Brown and Harvard Law), philanthropist and actor, best known for his role as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on the CBS crime drama CSI: NY. He is the author of the bestseller ‘Letters to a Young Brother’, ‘Letters to a Young Sister’ and ‘The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships’. His most recent book is, ‘The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in its Place’ which fits comfortably in the self-help aisle, offering life strategies, nuts-and-bolts budgeting advice, and an examination of the meaning of true wealth. Using his own journey as a parable, Harper remains committed to helping the youth of America achieve their dreams and live their lives positively by motivating them to build financial security through initiatives such as The Anti-Bling Blueprint Tour.

The Anti-Bling Blueprint Tour will target multiple universities across the country to educate students, parents, families and communities. With an overall goal of spreading knowledge and know-how around basic financial concepts and strategies, the tour will ultimately arm attendees with the confidence and tools needed to successfully manage their finances. The Anti-Bling Blueprint Tour will highlight personal financial struggles of notable entertainers and athletes to spark an overall conversation and awareness around the need for financial literacy at all levels within our society. Through intimate workshops and expert speakers, The Anti-Bling Blueprint Tour will offer open forums on topics such as goal setting, budgeting, investing, debt management, spending, saving and retirement planning, among other things. All proceeds raised from the tour will support the future implementation of annual financial literacy programs across the country.

"True happiness," says Harper, "is having our life balanced and organized so we are free to pursue any dream." – USA Today

Manifest Your Destiny’s mission is to provide under-served youth with the tools to fortify their self-esteem, reinforce their ability to succeed academically in high school and college, and strengthen their ability to identify and maintain positive relationships. To enhance the youth served, MYD incorporated financial literacy into its curriculum in July 2012.

The Empower Our Youth Benefit is open to the public and tickets can be purchased via http://www.empowerouryouthbenefit.com or by contacting info(at)PurePerception-LA(dot)com    


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