Saweetie announces her financial literacy program for the youth through her Icy Baby Foundation.
Rapper, singer, and songwriter Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper, known by her stage name Saweetie, founded the Icy Baby Foundation last year alongside her grandmother Roxane Harper to educate and empower young African-American youth to achieve financial prosperity.
The Icy Foundation’s goal is to inspire Black, Brown, and other underserved students and family members while breaking through barriers, taking control of their own futures, and seizing opportunities for good through financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and technology training.
“I want to continue using my foundation and resources to financially empower young children and students, especially in Black and Brown communities,” Saweetie expressed in a statement.
The financial literacy program is a 6-week program that teaches the importance of saving, budgeting, investing, debt management, and digital currency made simple through financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and technology training with a weekly incentive of $25 for all participants after finishing a course.
“Financial illiteracy is a systemic problem impacting the Black and Brown communities, especially in the lower economic demographic. It is passed down through generations but can be broken with education and resources. We are trying to break that cycle through our Icy Baby Foundation,” shared Harper.
The program is based out of California with locations in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Oakland, and one location in Las Vegas, Nevada. The program’s first kickoff event took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The program is open to all between ages 7-17 years old and will officially launch in 2023.
By Amariyah Mallory, Freshman, Whitney M. Young High School