Jatali Bellanton is the founder of the youth financial literacy organization Kids Who Bank, Brilliant Minds Unite and the Money Is Not My God (TM) movement.
Jatali Bellanton has spent 16.5 years in the USA/UK finance worlds.
9yrs in investment banking, 4.5 yrs in forensic accounting for corporate UK/America markets helping clients make and retain millions and most recently the last 3 years teaching financial literacy in the school systems.
Jatali is the 2019 New York State Mother of the Year who is now mainly recognized for being an award winning author, investor and for her two major creations: a finance curriculum which has gone into 217 schools nationwide and an annual Kidpreneur Awards Gala honouring enterprising youth and the adults who are creating ladders for them.
After 9 years in investment banking, and 4.5 years in forensic accounting, Jatali decided to leave the corporate world in order to share her years of financial experience to help the young and ambitious gain business knowledge to build successful careers from doing what they love which has formed into 3 years of her teaching youth in various school systems.
Among her corporate business accomplishments, Jatali restructured and managed accounting departments towards multi-million-dollar profits and clientele growth while lowering costs. She helped companies survive global shifts towards online business by implementing new software programs to replace outdated communication. As a financial consultant for a medical practice, she increased profit margins by 42% in just one year.
In March 2015, Jatali gave birth to her first child, which, little did she know, would lead her to create a youth financial literacy initiative by the name Kids Who Bank. The limited offerings of financial literacy books for children, when in search for her son, inspired her to write a story formatted finance book for youth, and also create a finance curriculum, thus starting her journey of becoming an entrepreneur.
In Kids Who Bank, Jatali strives to inspire children to continue following their dreams. She is passionate about combining her business expertise with her desire to give all children a fair chance to succeed in life.
Jatali has donated over $6,000 to schools worldwide to help students pay for their education, school supplies, backpacks, and books. She is committed to incorporating financial and business education into school curricula.
Also notable, she was awarded the 2019 New York State Mother Of The Year award. Jatali coordinated the “2nd Annual Kidpreneur Awards Gala" on April 7th, 2019, recognizing the entrepreneurial and philanthropic pursuits of bright minds across the nation.
2019 NYS Mother of The Year
Youth Financial Literacy Author / Coach
A PERSONAL NOTE FROM JATALI BELLANTON:
From a young age charitable work has always been a major part of my being. Rather I read stories to kids younger than myself at the hospital or played games with elders at an assisted living facility it was always those moments which engraved themselves into my foundation.
As the years progressed, I have always incorporated time to give back. A few organizations I have had the pleasure to volunteer with or for but not limited to: the MTAPD’s Explorers league, UNICEF’s Tap water project as a City Coordinator, March of Dimes runs, etc… All of these paths eventually inspired me to started organizing my own events and fundraisers working for if not alongside many high profile figures.
This book to me is something I was inspired to do after realizing that a lot of adults have issues with managing their finances, balancing a check book and putting to use concepts like wants vs needs in order to help avoid frivolous spending habits. All Lessons best learned as children if you ask me.
Now as a mother to a boy, I will be able to not only share the accomplishment of this book with him but as well explore the world together while sharing nuggets of enlightenment with him.