Catalyst Forum Brings Together Senator Cory Booker and NFL Star Justin Tuck to Talk with NYC Leaders About CSAs

At an intimate event Monday, co-hosts Justin and Lauran Tuck and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker engaged an audience of New York City leaders in a conversation about children's savings accounts (CSAs) and college access. Sponsored by the Admiral Center and the Tuck's R.U.S.H. for Literacy, the conversation provided participants an opportunity to learn about the power of CSAs in building college aspirations, hear about the growth of CSA initiatives in the New York City area, and engage in a discussion about how to extend this opportunity to all students in the region through the 1:1 Fund.

The 1:1 Fund partners with local child savings programs to provide incentives that spur low-income families to save and plan for college, including several programs in the New York city area.

All-Pro defensive end, Justin Tuck, and his wife Lauran kicked off the conversation and talked about the importance of higher education and their support for CSAs through a generous donation to the 1:1 Fund to benefit young savers at the Children's Aid Society in New York City.

The Tucks were followed by Angela Carson Hines and her daughter, Asia, who opened a CSA when Asia was a middle-school student at KIPP DC. Angela noted that when they started saving in their KIPP College Account, "my mind changed," and that now everything the family does is about investing in their kids' futures. I loved her quote about preparing financially for college: "We attack the money."

I can't think of a more inspiring collection of speakers to talk about CSAs. Thanks to Sherrie Deans and Evelyn Burnett from the Admiral Center for working so hard to organize the Forum and to Brandee McHale, Rosemary Byrnes and all of their colleagues at Citi for hosting the event.

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