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HSBC Sponsors Financial Literacy Event

On April 28th, HSBC's Asian & Pacific Islanders Committee (APIC) philanthropy committee led by Amit Chabra and Shangrong Wu, teamed up with Futures and Options to sponsor a financial literacy event for nearly 20 students from George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, who participate in a spring internship program sponsored by HSBC Bank USA NA.   

The event, held at HSBC's New York City corporate headquarters, began with a tour of the trading floor.  Then, interns and APIC members viewed portions of Your Life, Your Money, an HSBC-sponsored financial education documentary produced by PBS. The students asked questions of a panel of HSBC employees from diverse areas of the company.  Panelists included: Ali Taqi, Credit Risk, CheLai Chang, Cross Borders Banking, Jonathan Simkins, Financial Analyst, and Sangwani Mabhena, Audit. The panel discussion reinforced the fundamental financial literacy concepts discussed in the film, and encouraged the students to take charge of their financial futures. 

Amit Chabra, the panel discussion moderator, reflected, "Volunteering our time to meet with high school students to discuss topics like personal savings, spending, and planning for future success embodies the generous spirit of HSBC's employees, and the company's commitment to giving back to the community in a tangible way."

Dillon Mohamed, a junior at Westinghouse and internship program participant said, "After our workshop at HSBC, I am now able to understand the various parts of maintaining and managing my finances.  I was basically lost about what to do with my earnings and the information that HSBC shared with me and my colleagues was valuable to each and every one of us."

Futures and Options is tremendously thankful to HSBC Bank USA for its sponsorship of our George Westinghouse High School Internship Program and for the volunteers who generously gave their time to enrich the lives of the students in the program.

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