Raelynn Kelsey, Community Capacity Development
by Benjamin Fang
Dec 29, 2020 | 2431 views | 0 0 comments | 361 361 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At 17 years old, Raelynn Kelsey has just opened up her first savings account.

Kelsey is one of the 25 young people who are participating in Community Capacity Development’s new financial literacy initiative, the Intergenerational Wealth Program. As part of the program, Kelsey and other youth will learn how to save money and gain new skills.

“I’m actually very excited. I’ve been trying to open a bank account for a while now, I just haven’t done it,” she said. “I hope that it helps me learn how to save my money and not just spend it on useless things.”

Kelsey has been involved with CCD for the past three years, learning not just about financial literacy, but other important life lessons.

“696 has helped me a lot to grow into the young lady that I am today,” she said, in reference to CCD’s 696 Build Queenbridge cure violence program.

The savings account will be helpful when Kelsey applies to and attends college. As a senior at Pathways College Preparatory School in St. Albans, she has dreams of going to law school and becoming a lawyer.

Kelsey said she comes from a “troubled” family. Her father, uncles and cousins have been in and out of jail, she said, and sometimes without proper representation. Her uncle, who recently went to jail before the start of the pandemic, didn’t see a lawyer when he went to court.

“I want to be a lawyer to be able to help people in my community going through this,” she said.

To continue on that path, Kelsey said she will continue participating in CCD’s programs.

“They’ve watched me grow,” she said. “I just know they have my best interest at heart, as well as the people in my family.”
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