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Financial Literacy Concert for 7th graders

Posted March 21, 2018

Weaving a high-energy, live rock performance with testimony of the artists’ life lessons on finance, Carter Hulsey and the band Me Like Bees, visited WMS to share with students how financial literacy and confidence enable them to make dreams realities. The Nebraska Council on Economic Education (NCEE) coordinated and secured sponsors for the tour to visit WMS and three other local schools.

Jennifer Davidson, president of the NCEE and assistant professor of practice in economics, coordinated the performances and explained why the band’s music and message are a win-win for young people.

“Partnering with Funding the Future and nationally known musicians have been the most fun and engaging way to bring the important financial literacy message to today’s students. The rock concert catches the students off guard and they are paying attention. It’s not something they are used to in a school setting. They have a great time listening to truly amazing musicians,” she said.

After the concert, Hulsey, who has played every House of Blues in America, talked to students about the importance of saving, how compound interest works, why to stay away from payday lenders, and how making wise financial decisions can help a person fulfill one’s dreams.

Davidson said, “Hearing the authentic life experiences shared on stage, students take in the important message that if you are not a slave to debt, you have so much more freedom to reach your goals.”

The NCEE has partnered with Funding the Future, a nonprofit committed to teaching financial literacy to students, on this initiative since 2015. More than 10,000 students at 19 Nebraska schools have been reached with this important, engaging and unique message. The musicians’ message resonates with students because they openly discuss financial misconceptions that impacted them early in their careers.

“These financial principles are things I wasn’t taught in school growing up, and I am thankful and excited to be able to share this message with young people. Playing music is a great avenue to break the ice and then begin a conversation about financial literacy,” said Hulsey, who made a name for himself touring around the country for the last 10 years on the Vans Warped tour, Bamboozle Road show and with bands like Third Eye Blind, Good Charlotte, Hanson and many more.

The Nebraska Council on Economic Education is a 501(c)3 non-profit, housed at the University of NebraskaLincoln College of Business. Its mission is to act as a catalyst and lead a statewide initiative to advance economic literacy by primarily focusing on educating Nebraska’s students and providing professional development for K-12 educators. For more information on the Council, please contact Jennifer Davidson at or visit


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