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The Job Foundation hosts student talent show, to help expand their program to more families

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - As more events start to make a comeback, local talent shows are on that list.

Unlike traditional talent shows, the Job Foundation is hosting one tonight that'll help increase the dollar signs in your kids' bank account.

Specializing in financial education, the Job Foundation is putting on a fun-filled night to help expand their program.

Making its start in 2006, the after school program educates students, from kindergarten to 12th grade, on financial literacy.

Only serving Waterloo Schools right now, the program teaches students how to:

  • Differ wants and needs
  • Understand credit cards
  • Build a savings account
  • Learn about loans
  • and more.

Tonight's event also being a fundraiser, Director of Development Kelsey Umthum, hopes this can help bring awareness to more families about their programs.

"Each time we add more students into our program we need more resources to keep serving and expanding these students," Umthum said, "this event is really important for us to raise awareness and keep serving more students and building up the future financial success for kids."

Umthum also told KWWL they want to serve beyond Waterloo Schools, but need the community's help to do it.

"Our vision is all people achieving financial success so our strategic plan is to expand as much as we can as much as the resources will allow us, " Umthum said, "we will love to expand outside of Waterloo someday."

While in the program, students can earn up to $3,000 in savings through its Savings-linked Conditional Cash transfer program.

Tonight's talent show is at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo. The show is free to attend from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. However, folks can buy raffle tickets to win various baskets.

  • $1 for 1 ticket
  • $5 for 6 tickets

If you can't make it in person, the foundation has set up a live stream on their website.

Students performing tonight range from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

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Alaina Kwan

Morning Reporter

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