Boys & Girls Club Teen Wins Financial Literacy Hip Hop Contest

Syretha Shirley Wins Trip to Atlanta to Have Song Professionally Produced by Multi-Platinum Producer Kevin “Khao” Cates

Money MattersHip hop and financial literacy are not two things normally paired together, but that’s exactly what BGCA and Charles Schwab Foundation have done with the Money Matters Music Mogul Contest. 

Boys & Girls Club teens across the country competed to see if they had what it takes to become the Money Matters Music Mogul. After an intense voting process, Syretha Shirley of Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas was named the winner for her song “Time is Money.” 

The contest was designed to tap the talent and creativity of teens to raise awareness about the importance of being smart about money, and to spread the word about the financial education program, Money Matters: Make It CountSM. In the call for entries, Boys & Girls Clubs teens, ages 13-18, were invited to submit song lyrics that would reflect key themes of the Money Matters curriculum and deliver a strong, positive message about financial fitness. The songs were performed using one of three background beats provided by multi-platinum music producer Kevin “Khao” Cates.  

Money Matters Music Mogul

For her winning song, Syretha was awarded a trip to Atlanta for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have her song professionally recorded and a music video produced by Khao. Along with the other top-five finalists, she also received a $500 scholarship grant from Charles Schwab Foundation. 

Learn more about our Money Matters program.

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