Faces of United Way: Cherry

“I teach the Empower U program for the United Way—it’s a budgeting program. So I facilitate and teach the girls budgeting skills and how to manage money. I took the program myself and I believe in it. It’s a good program. Teaching is a nice way to give back and help people. It’s a really helpful program because a lot of people don’t know about budgeting. There’s lots of good stuff to learn, about your credit and that kind of stuff.”

"I heard about the program when I was in jail actually. The people who facilitate it came to the institution and did a workshop. I was in jail because I sold drugs. I didn’t know anything about budgeting before I took the program. I didn’t have any concept of what it was like to work. The program helps people. Had I not done the program, my life would have been way different—I wouldn’t have savings, I wouldn’t know about credit, I wouldn’t know what a credit report is. I didn’t have any credit at all before and I didn’t have any idea about all of that. Had I not taken the course, I would probably be in trouble still. If you’re stressed about money and you only know how to do one thing, you’re apt to go back to that. I think they should teach kids coming out of high school this program. I wish I could have been taught these skills a long time ago."

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region we've partnered with Faces of Edmonton. In the coming months, Faces of Edmonton will be featuring faces and stories relating to the United Way and its work in your community. We’re looking forward to sharing these portraits and stories with you. To learn more about United Way's work check out the Report to Community online.