TORONTO, ONTARIO – AUGUST 7, 2007- Following the success of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network’s (HSAN) first international “Get Your Money Right” Financial Empowerment Summit in Toronto last year, HSAN is back to help Canadian youth get their money right!
On August 18, actress Gabrielle Union, hip-hop stars Belly and Keisha Chante, R&B/pop star Letoya Luckett, hip-hop radio personality Monie Love and Gino Cozza, incoming President and Chief Executive Officer for Chrysler Financial Canada, will join Summit co-moderators HSAN President/CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis and hip-hop TV personality Free for the 2007 Toronto “Get Your Money Right” Summit. HSAN’s partner and title sponsor is Chrysler Financial.
The Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment is a grassroots effort to help engage young people in discussions about the importance of personal finance. The Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment’s “Get Your Money Right” International Tour, now in its third successful year, brings together the powerful combination of hip-hop stars and Chrysler Financial experts to speak to students and community members about the importance of financial literacy.
“Hip-hop is about acquiring power. It is about improvement of the quality of life in communities. Fundamental to all empowerment efforts is building a strong financial foundation,” emphasized Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President/CEO of HSAN. “The Toronto Hip-Hop Summit, once again, will display the best of hip-hop culture with the best of financial literacy expertise. Our theme is ‘Get Your Money Right,’ and across Canada and, in particular in Toronto, there are thousands of young adults whose hopes and aspirations will be lifted as a result of the Summit.”
The Summit will take place at the Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts, located at One Front Street East in Toronto, Ontario. Doors open at Noon and the program runs from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tickets for the Toronto Summit are free and available for download at www.hsan.org.
“There are three areas of community development that are significant with respect to the Hip-Hop Summit,” said Gino Cozza, President and CEO — Chrysler Financial Canada. “They are: empowering youth to strive for a better financial future, increasing the level of financial literacy among our community and bringing truth to the statement that small steps can lead to great accomplishments. This is why Chrysler Financial is proud to be the title sponsor of the Hip-Hop Summit in Toronto.”
The topics to be covered include the basics of banking, home ownership, repairing bad credit and understanding credit scores, entrepreneurship, vehicle financing and more. The 2007 “Get Your Money Right” tour will make four more stops including Greensboro, N.C., September 8; Washington, D.C., September 29; Miami, Fla., October 20; and Atlanta, Ga., November 3.
“The City of Toronto and thousands of Canadians welcomed the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network last year with open arms. It is only right for us to return this year to acknowledge Canadians for their continued commitment to hip-hop culture and the financial empowerment of all people,” declared Valeisha Butterfield, HSAN’s Executive Director. “HSAN will return with even more excitement, vigor and substance on August 18.”
The “Get Your Money Right” workbook, which will be given to all participants, is available in both English and Spanish and is downloadable on the www.hsan.org site.
The media partner for the Toronto Hip-Hop Summit is radio station The FLOW 93.5FM. Community partners include Tropicana Community Services, Urbanology Magazine, Laidlaw Foundation, Universal Urban and Credit Counselling Service of Toronto.
About Chrysler Financial Canada
Chrysler Financial offers a complete line of world-class automotive financial products and services for both retailers and consumers of Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge vehicles. In addition, Chrysler Financial offers vehicle wholesale and retail financing, capital loans, mortgages and lines of credit to all 450 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge retailers. As an industry leader in automotive financing, Chrysler Financial provides its customers with the most innovative and efficient methods of doing business. For more information on Chrysler Financial Canada visit www.chryslerfinancial.ca.
About Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
Founded in 2001, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) is dedicated to harnessing the cultural relevance of hip-hop music to serve as a catalyst for education advocacy and other societal concerns fundamental to the well being of at-risk youth throughout the United States. HSAN is the largest non-profit, national coalition of hip-hop artists, entertainment industry leaders, education advocates, civil rights proponents, and youth leaders united in the belief that Hip-Hop is an enormously influential agent for positive social change which must be responsibly and proactively utilized to fight the war on poverty and injustice.