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Financial Literacy Authors and Advocates Team Up to Educate Children on Finances

[Fayetteville, NC] – Setting the foundation of lifelong learning through comprehensive financial literacy and money management practices, best-selling financial literacy authors and advocates, Crystal McLean and Kishanna Heyward, have teamed up with the Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County to help our youth understand the value of money in a fun, interactive, and creative way.

Parents are encouraged to register their youth, 7 to 14 years of age, to attend The Money Box Workshop held on May 28, 2022, from 1pm to 3:30pm at The Arts Center, 301 Hay Street in Historic Downtown Fayetteville. Free resources and refreshments will be provided. Free admission for parents and guardians of the participating youth.

The Money Box Workshop will help build confidence by taking a hands-on approach to educating and empowering our youth through the practices of key financial literacy components: budgeting, saving, and spending. While assembling their Money Box masterpieces, the youth will engage in creative activities and discussions that will help them gain a fundamental understanding of how to manage money and avoid making poor decisions regarding financial responsibilities.

Parents and guardians will also have the opportunity to learn financial concepts through free resources and discussions regarding credit establishment, budget creation, debt management, and more.

“Kishanna and I are committed to enriching the lives of our youth and their parents, especially within underserved communities, by coaching them through real-life financial management practices,” says Crystal McLean. “The lifelong lessons they will gain will better equip them for a more secure and sustainable future.”

To register for The Money Box Workshop, visit


About Visionary Co-host, Crystal McLean

Crystal Mclean is the author of “Harmoney & the Empty Piggy Bank” and “No No Sonny, Save That Money!” children’s financial literacy books. Her passions are bridging the gap between generations and educating communities on financial literacy through healthy money habits. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance, she served as an Investment Banker in the banking industry for 7 years. Now Author McLean serves as the Program Manager at The Center for Economic Empowerment and Development (CEED) with the desire to continue to empower her community.


About Co-host, Kishanna Heyward

Kishanna Heyward is a real estate entrepreneur that specializes in credit and personal finance. She started her career as an educator and received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Driven by a passion to help all learners become financially literate, she has helped facilitate numerous financial literacy courses for low-income families looking to create wealth and increase economic mobility. Her goal is to help others reach financial freedom and create generational wealth.


About the Arts Council of Fayetteville | Cumberland County

The Arts Council of Fayetteville | Cumberland County is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization based in Fayetteville, NC that supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development, and lifelong learning through the ARTS. As a primary steward of public and private funding for arts, cultural, and historical activities in the Cape Fear Region, all affiliated programs of the Arts Council exemplify our 5 core values: Excellence, Accountability, Transparency, Collaborations, and Innovation.

Since 1973, the Arts Council has served as a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations, and the greater community by administering programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to help advance community and economic growth, stimulate tourism, reinforce child education through the ARTS, and enhance the cultural identity of the arts and entertainment district.

Grants, programs, and services of the Arts Council are funded in part by contributions from community partners, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.


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