New York Giants linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux poses with Dorsey students (Amanda Scurlock/L.A. Sentinel)

New York Giants Linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux recently partnered with Chase Bank to host a financial literacy workshop at Dorsey High School. The workshop touched upon a myriad of topics, including homeownership, financial aid and credit.

“We’re teaching about financial health,” Thibodeaux said. “We’re teaching kids just a little bit, a few nuggets to take with them in the future and help them on their financial journey.”

Each student received a financial journal; the journal explained the importance of saving, budgeting, and setting financial goals. JPMorgan Chase & Co. community manager vice president Christopher Beene noted how the workshop is empowering “future leaders.”

“I love the impact that [Thibodeaux] is using not only in South Central or Los Angeles …  we’re able to take this nationwide,” Beene said. “We have activations in New York, New Jersey, where we’re able to influence numerous young men and young women in our community to be the next leaders.”

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Dorsey student Karisma Lockhart explained how the workshop is expanding the horizons of her and her peers. She aspires to start her own business.

“The most important lesson that I learned today was be somebody to somebody,” Lockhart said. “Once I get to the place where I want to go, I want to be somebody to somebody as well.”

Thibodeaux (left) poses with Dorsey teacher Irvin Davis (Amanda Scurlock/L.A. Sentinel)

Throughout the workshop, Thibodeaux explained financial lessons by using personal anecdotes. Along with talking about money management, he expressed to the students the importance of making good life choices.

“I think that a lot of financial institutions feast on uninformed youth when they go out into the world,” said Dorsey principal and alum Orlando Johnson. “The more prepared that we can help them to be to avoid pitfalls as well as to be on the right path will help them to obtain things that will lead to generational wealth.”

Thibodeaux attended Dorsey high school during his freshman and sophomore years. He will be partnering with the Jream Foundation to host his second annual football and cheer camp on June 29 at the Michelle and Barack Obama Sport Complex, also known as Rancho Cienega Recreation Center.

At the camp, Chase Bank will offer a free financial health class for parents.

“It’s wonderful for [Thibodeaux] to have it in his heart to want to give back to the community,” said Dorsey teacher Irvin Davis. “It gives the community a lot of hope, a lot of inspiration to know that he’s doing this and we want to continue the work.”