MCA senior Taleavia Cole recently joined Milwaukee Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless and more than 120 participants, volunteers and alumni for the Make A Difference – Wisconsin “Saving Bucks with the Bucks” financial literacy event at Messmer High School.

MCA students participating in the Money Coach program through the Pearls for Teen Girls after school program are getting a deeper understanding of financial concepts and hands-on goal-setting through lessons that focuses on direct volunteer-to-student interaction.

Taleavia, a Money Coach student and a senior at Milwaukee Collegiate Academy, took the stage and shared the lessons she’s learned about defining what you spend money on. Bayless later referenced her breakdown of spending as something similar to how he does his own budgeting of his NBA salary.

Bayless has made financial literacy one of the three pillars of his foundation, along with promoting computer literacy, reading and writing.

“It’s knowing your wants versus your needs,” Bayless said. “I have one car. I’m comfortable. I don’t need all those other things.”

For more information about the Money Coach program, please click here.