Financial Education

Believing that financial education promotes a more stable community, we are pleased to offer educational workshops dedicated to improving the financial well-being of the community.

Financial Literacy Workshops
Through a partnership with Citi Community Development, we are able to offer comprehensive financial literacy workshops to the community. Our three part financial literacy series covers improving financial security through reduced spending, budgeting, the building of credit, fraud prevention, and setting financial goals for the future. Allowing for the differing needs of students of many ages, our financial education workshops are split to target both seniors and the general public looking to start their financial education.

See our upcoming events for the next Financial Literacy Series and Savvy Senior Financial Management Series.

Nine-Week First Investors Workshop
Every fall, in partnership with Signature Bank, BSDC offers the First Time Investors Workshop. The nine-week course teaches you the investment basics, from how to invest in stocks and bonds to how to build wealth. You are also are encouraged to create a long-term investment strategy and to set a goal—for example, to buy a home, start a business, or pay for further education.

During the course, you will also receive a free subscription to The Wall Street Journal for 13 weeks, to help you learn more about investing in the stock markets.

All courses are free. But to fully participate in the First Investors Workshop, you must have saved $750 to invest by the time the course begins.

At the end of the nine-week course, you will receive:

  • Another $750 from the bank to invest, so you will have a total of $1,500 to invest.
  • A meeting with a financial planner from Signature Bank to help you refine your long-term investment strategy and determine which investments you’d like to make.
  • A waiver of all bank fees on all investments you make in the first two years.

Check our upcoming events to participate in the next First Time Investor Program offered every fall.