PODCAST EPISODE 7 - EDDY'S STORY: THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF ADVOCACY AND FINANCIAL PLANNING
Meet Eddy, a true change-maker who exemplifies the power of self advocacy and determination. He is proud of his Mexican roots and comes from very humble beginnings.
When he entered high school, he was told that he was not placed in AP or Honors courses because when he was younger, he did not “test” into gifted classes. When he realized that label had followed him to high school, he dedicated his high school career to changing that. Since then, he has taken and passed 11 College Courses, secured a top spot in his graduating class, taken all the AP and Honors classes his school offers and plays a key role on his Varsity Football team.
One of his proudest accomplishments was starting the first Business Club at his high school that focuses on teaching his peers the importance of financial planning, investing and saving.
In this emotional and heartfelt interview, Eddy credits a lot of his qualities to the powerful women in his life, especially his mom, aunts and grandma who helped raise him. He also recalls a series of memories as a child and a student that have shaped who is today.
Eddy strives to one day come back to his community in inner-city Los Angeles and continue to teach financial planning. He wants his peers to know that you can start investing and financial planning at any age. You don’t have to be a rich millionaire to plan a financial future.
Eddy also believes in the power of building genuine connections and getting involved. In his words, “Honestly if you get involved, it could be one of the best experiences of your young adult life.”
We have no doubt that Eddy will leave a lasting impression wherever he goes to college! His energy and genuine nature as a young male of color is inspiring to say the least. **For a Video Version of Eddy’s Podcast Interview, visit our College Match YouTube Page where you’ll be able to see a picture collage of Eddy’s childhood and much more. If you’d like to learn more about College Match LA, visit www.collegematchla.org.