Blog: Row New York and the GreenPath to Gold
Row New York website
22 March 2012
Chris Dlugozima of GreenPath, Inc. financial advisors visited Row New York’s seniors Monday for a personal finance and debt workshop. As part of our efforts to prepare our rowers for college and post-college life, Dlugozima offered lessons on maintaining a sound financial footing, free of excessive debt and overspending. This blogger asked Dlugozima about his organization, its mission, and why it aligns with Row New York’s programming.
“GreenPath,” Dlugozima explained, “is a non-profit organization that provides financial counseling to adults and financial education to the community. We assist people that have difficulty with debt, including credit cards, mortgages and rent, student loans, medical bills, and debt collectors.” GreenPath teaches a variety of clients, from high schoolers to college students to community organizations, how to better manage their finances.
This past Monday, Dlugozima said, “I introduced the girls to concepts related to budgeting, using credit wisely, and paying for college. For example, I illustrated the danger of making the minimum payment on a credit card.” Dlugozima had the rowers complete an interactive exercise fixing a fictitious budget. “In the activity, Snooki from Jersey Shore was overspending and they helped her gain control of her finances.”
Dlugozima’s workshop was important to Row New York because of its relevance to young people. Says Dlugozima, “I’ll often meet with people in their 20s who face overwhelming amounts of debt or other financial challenges. Many of these situations can be avoided, but it takes a lot of planning and sacrifice. For example, going to a great college that saddles you with $100,000 in student debt will affect future life decisions for years to come.”
Row New York thanks Chris Dluogzima and GreenPath, Inc. We are pleased to enter into this partnership for the benefit of our rowers.