There’s never a better time to remind everyone of the true value of public education than back to school season and The March For United Public Schools is teaming up with United Way of NYC to do just that.

Get ready for a marketplace, an art tent, panel discussions, a bubble garden, story time and much more as The United Way of NYC “Future Festival” comes to life in Brooklyn on Sunday, October 13. Kicking off just after the March For United Public Schools fundraising walk, the fun-filled day will also feature showcases from local public school marching bands, choirs and drumlines, as well as special performances from a host of talented young entertainers including 10-year-old DJ Annie Red, 12-year-old Drag Kid “Desmond is Amazing” and Coney Island’s teen rapper Lil Dee, to name just a few.

“United Way of New York City is delighted to be partnering with ESSENCE to provide a variety of great interactions for parents and their families this Sunday at the ‘Future Festival,'” said Sheena Wright, President and CEO of United Way of New York City. “We invite all New Yorkers to come out and support our public school educators and students as well as our local women, minority and veteran-owned businesses at the SHOP UNITED marketplace.” 

CHASE and ESSENCE will also join forces once again for the latest installment of our financial wellness series, Currency Conversations. The discussion will see the 12-year-old known as “ChelseaChats” on Instagram joined by her mom and grandmother to talk three generations of money matters. CHASE and Shop ESSENCE will also present a curated “Shop United” pop up marketplace featuring small, minority, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses.

The United Way of NYC Future Festival will be take place on Sunday, October 13, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Borough Hall in Brooklyn, New York. All are welcome and encouraged to join this family-friendly celebration of public education.

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