The CCommunity Chest to Shine Light on Preparing for College and Financial Literacy in a Workshop for High School Students

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; September 24, 2023) -- High school students can get a head start on planning for college and their financial knowledge in The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County-Young Women’s Leadership Program’s ‘College Preparatory and Financial Literacy Workshop’, scheduled for Sunday, October 22. 

The workshop is free and will be held at the JCC on the Palisades, located at 411 East Clinton Avenue in Tenafly, New Jersey, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Lunch will be provided. 

            High school male and female students in eastern Bergen County are invited to attend.  Parents also welcome to attend the workshop.  As space is limited, advanced registration is required to attend the workshop.  Students and parents interested in attending the workshop may register online at

            During the workshop, participants will learn about the college application process and the art of preparing a college essay.  Banking basics will be presented about the positives and negatives of debt.  An in-depth discussion will examine the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS forms completed by students to determine their eligibility for need-based aid. 

            Speakers for the workshop are:

· Emily Bloom of Athena College Advisors, AICEP;

· Representatives from Valley Bank of Englewood & Tenafly; and

· Phyllis Kesslen from Bergen Family Center.

"We are delighted to welcome Emily Bloom, Phyllis Kesslen, and staff from Valley Bank to provide vital information to college-bound students.  At a time when the cost of higher education is growing exponentially, young people and their families need to become familiar with the college application process and the expenses they will incur in the future," said Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, Executive Director, The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County.

            For further information about the Young Women's Leadership Program or the workshop, contact (201) 568-7474.  Contributions to the Young Women's Leadership program may be sent by check made out to The Community Chest, located at 122 South Van Brunt Street, 2nd Floor, Englewood, NJ 07631.  Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law.

About The Community Chest

            Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Englewood, New Jersey, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 90 years.  The Chest leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County.  Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to local citizens.  The organization also provides coordinating and planning services in its communities, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network. 

            The Community Chest's Board of Managers is comprised of community leaders dedicated to improving the lives of neighbors in need.  People interested in being considered for board membership may contact Executive Director Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer at (201) 568-7474.

            For further information about The Chest, visit or contact (201) 568-7474.  Stay updated about the organization’s activities on Facebook, Instagram and X (formerly known as Twitter).

Photo Caption: Students and parents attended The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County’s Financial Literacy Workshop in 2022 and came away with some important financial knowledge.

Photo Credit: The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County

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