Black History Month

Volunteer Spotlight – Mel Bradley

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Q: How did your family and culture influence who you are today? 

Picture of Mel Bradley standing at a stairway

Growing up the youngest of 7 from a single mother on the westside of Chicago both shaped who I am today. No one in my family achieved a higher education past high school until I went to college and earned my college degree,

BA in Communications and Minor in Business. I went to an all black grade school and all black high school. It was my mother’s encouragement for me to accept a basketball scholarship far away from the big city of Chicago (for several reasons).

It wasn’t until college that I really took to the education development especially finance and money management. I wished I had learned a lot of the money management in my high school.

Q: Why is ACEE important to you?

I really enjoy volunteering for the Financial Fitness ACEE events.  Especially when they reach out to low-income diversity populated high schools.  They bring great material and have good volunteers available who went though a lot of the same things they are going through like myself. Teaching essential life skills like budgeting and money management.

Q: Why do you care about financial and economic education?

I truly believe Financial Education at a young age helps young people with a better understanding of life in general and gives them more opportunities to think about what they want to do in life and who they want to be.