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Impacting the lives of Underserved Youth in the community with a FREE Financial Literacy Workshop

Editorial by Crystal McLean, Creator of The Money Box Workshop, and Christy McNeil, Director of Marketing at the Arts Council of Fayetteville

[Fayetteville, North Carolina] – The Black Culture Experience series is all about the artistry, connectedness, impact, and vision of African American creatives and their lasting impression on improving the lives and progression of our communities through arts and education. For the 2023 series line-up, two best-selling financial literacy authors and advocates, through funding support from a Mini Grant, have teamed up with the Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County (Arts Council) to present a second installment of The Money Box Workshop to be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 1pm to 3:30pm at The Arts Center in Downtown Fayetteville.

The Money Box Workshop is a free, comprehensive financial literacy program for youth 7 to 14 years of age to build their confidence through an interactive approach to teaching money management.

Visionary and author Crystal McLean created The Money Box Workshop to educate and empower the younger generation through the practices of key financial components: budgeting, saving, and spending. McLean teamed up with author Kishanna Heyward and constructed the workshop to be a creative and hands-on event that will keep the youth engaged and give them practical methods to implement in their daily lives centered around money, vision, and discipline.

Simultaneously, a separate session for the parents and guardians of the attending youth will be led by Sylvia S. Glanton, Black Female Veteran Owner and CEO of Personameant Solutions LLC. Through her mission to serve in the areas of finances and business coaching, the session will involve invaluable conversations regarding debt management, credit establishment and rebuilding, investing, resources, and more to help strengthen their financial foundation.

Aligning with the goals of empowering the next generation in everyday life, the Jack and Jill Foundation-Fayetteville Chapter has provided additional support to The Money Box Workshop to further expand its vision to “transform African American communities one child at a time” by advancing programs that encourage the next generation to invest in their future with the appropriate tools to be successful.

Through the generous contributions of each partner, McLean was able to eliminate any barriers regarding participation and accommodation costs. Interested participants can enter for free, eat for free, and leave with a complimentary financial literacy children’s book and other resources. Meals will be provided by Black-owned Southern Experience Catering and Meal Prep, who felt this event was necessary to support due to how it positively impacts our community and our future.



The Money Box Workshop has a limited seating capacity for 60 youth participants. The parent and guardian session will be held in a separate room.

Registration required. To reserve a slot, visit



Interview requests for The Money Box Workshop, contact:

Crystal McLean

Interview requests for the 2023 Black Culture Experience series, contact:

Christy McNeil



Visionary co-host and author of two children’s financial literacy books “Harmoney & the Empty Piggy Bank” and “No No Sonny, Save That Money!”. Crystal McLean’s passion is to bridge the gap between generations and educate communities on financial literacy through healthy money habits. Earning a B.A. in Banking and Finance, she served as an Investment Banker for 7 years. Currently, she is a Program Manager at The Center for Economic Empowerment and Development (CEED) with the desire to continue to empower our community.


Real estate entrepreneur and author of two children's financial literacy books “Credit Is Queen, Charlene” and “Credit Is King, Kareem”. Kishanna Heyward’s passion is to help all learners become financially literate. As an educator with a Masters in Educational Leadership, she specializes in credit and personal finance. She has assisted with facilitating 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.


Published author, entrepreneur, and Army veteran. Sylvia S. Glanton is the go-to business coach for many industries, having coached hundreds of business owners on proper business structuring. A pre-graduate of Valdosta State University, she owns both Personameant Solutions, a full-service credit repair company, and Keep It Cute K, a content creation space for business professionals. With a firm background in finance, marketing, and business management, she believes in integrity, quality, respect, trust, courage, agility, and ultimately fun.



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.

In the year 2021-22, the Arts Council distributed almost $1 million in grant funds and allocations to Cumberland County arts and culture non-profit organizations, artists, and municipalities.

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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