MFF Featured at Morgan Legacy Partners 2017 Year End Event

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Brooke Terry, Morgan Franklin Fellow

On October 26th Peter Morgan, founder of Morgan Legacy Partners, invited family, friends and members of the business community to the Backyard Brewery and Kitchen for his annual end of the season gathering. Melissa Gould, Executive Director of the Morgan Franklin Fellowship (MFF) gave a brief overview of program to the approximately 40 attendees. Other speakers included Michelle Demerjian, President of Morgan Legacy Partners, Becky Berk, Executive Director of Breakthrough Manchester and, Brooke Terry, a current Fellow in the Morgan Franklin Fellowship program.

The six month update on the state of MMF was the receipt of 16 student applications including 2 low-income participants from Breakthrough Manchester, 11 Financial Mentor applications and 11 current Fellows currently signed up for the MFF online educational program. This brought the number of total participants in the 2018 online MFF Financial Literacy program (which kicks off on Jan 1) to 38. It was announced that the MFF website, developed by Render Edge Media, was in test mode and would be launched within 30 days. The MFF educational courses, developed by educational expert Jillian Starman, have been uploaded and testing will begin on November 6th.

Becky Berk spoke on behalf of the Breakthrough Manchester program. Breakthrough Manchester is a non-profit organization which works with bright, motivated students on learning and leadership. Breakthrough Manchester partners with SNHU to provide a pathway into college for these low-income, Manchester students. She gave an update on the need for this program in other parts of New Hampshire. Over the coming months Becky hopes to receive the necessary backing to begin her work to expand the Breakthrough program pathway to serve additional low-income students.

Brooke Terry, Financial Fellow in the MFF program, shared a bit about the knowledge she has gained during her four years in the MFF program. She also expressed her excitement about the gains in her portfolio, especially in 2017. She is grateful to have been selected as a participant in the Morgan Franklin Fellowship and Brooke is looking forward to continuing with the investment program in 2018.

Attendees at the event enjoyed the opportunity to network following the presentations.

At the conclusion of the evening Peter Morgan, who also founded the Morgan Franklin Fellowship commented, “You could feel the palpable energy in the room. Becky Berk was well received and there was certainly a lot of enthusiasm about the Morgan Franklin Fellowship. Individuals came forward to sign up as Financial Mentors and sponsorship discussions took place as well. A very successful and exciting evening!”

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