Creator seeks to educate urban community on investing through film project
A California-based writer hopes to inspire and educate people on the importance of investing.
But instead of teaching workshops, he’s doing so through a comedy/drama.
Just Say Yes is about a wise-cracking hustler named Connie who is “convinced” to take a business internship while working at a non-profit organization called the Granville Academy.
The main theme of Just Say Yes is how financial education and mentoring can change someone’s life. It covers important topics such as:
Business & Investing
Assets, Liabilities, and Risk Management
Working Hard & Working Smart
Giving Back to Others & Your Community
Changing Your Mindset in Order to Equal Success
Watch Lanfia Wal talk about the project:
The film’s setting is based on Granville Academy, a real life institution created by William “Bill” Granville. Bill rose from being an inner-city youth gang leader in Trenton to become a top level executive for Mobil Oil Corporation.
He’s written two books: “Just Say Yes!” and “Calling the Shots” which detail his earlier youth gang leadership and the turnaround experiences that enabled him to focus on education and achievement of a good quality of life in the economic mainstream.
Wal has set up a fundraising campaign to raise money for the project. The film is directed by award-winning director Antwone Fisher. A portion of the movie proceeds will go to the Granville Academy.
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