Past, Present, Future...
The initial vision for Accounting for KidsŪ Day began as a result of frequent visits by members of Cooney, Faulkner & Stevens, LLC, an accounting and business consulting firm in Cincinnati, to several of their clients that are located in Over the Rhine, an economically challenged neighborhood in Cincinnati. Staff members witnessed children standing on the streets, many of which had not been exposed to any other environment than the six-city block radius in which they lived and attended school. The accounting firm contacted officials in the Cincinnati Public Schools and made arrangements for the staff to "adopt" a class in an inner city elementary school. Each week firm associates went to the adopted school to tutor children in math. When officials at the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, an organization that provides tutors and mentors to at-risk youth in the Cincinnati Public School District heard of the success of this effort, they asked Cooney, Faulkner & Stevens what could be done to replicate their efforts with other CPAs and financial business professionals. With the cooperation of several key business leaders, Cincinnati Public Schools, and great faith in the purpose of the initiative, Accounting for KidsŪ Day was born.
The first Accounting for KidsŪ Day was a success! Sixteen classrooms in ten schools participated, staffed by approximately 140 business professionals that served over 450 students. The feedback from our first event provided the validation that there was a need for this type of program.
Since our first event, Accounting for Kids Day has continued to develop and grow. To date, thousands of students throughout the State of Ohio have learned more about financial literacy because of the relationships fostered through Accounting for Kids Day.
"The Power of One is a proven success!"
-Cincinnati Youth Collaborative