Kevin Hart visits a Philadelphia elementary school to promote financial literacy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Kevin Hart of Philadelphia made a special visit to an elementary school in the city on Friday to talk about money and success with students. He shared lessons and insights from his personal financial journey.

Hart is known for his comedic skills, but the Philadelphia native takes it seriously to make sure the younger generation understands the importance of fiscal responsibility.

“I identify with the kids because I’ve been where they are,” Hart said.

Hart made a surprise visit to Robert Morris Elementary in North Philadelphia on Friday morning. The student-only event gave him the opportunity to speak about financial literacy to the group of nearly 200 children.

Hart has partnered with JP Morgan Chase, Book Trust and the School District of Philadelphia to promote financial literacy.

“From youth at the lowest level to middle school in college, you really have to broaden the conversation,” Hart said.

The award-winning artist uses his own life experience to inspire young students to think big and plan for a prosperous future. Students even brought their own vision boards to the event.

“The vision board and seeing kids drop things off like family, a house, or food,” Hart said. “You know, the things you see kids thinking about at that age that they want to save money for.”

“I was a kid who had no idea the importance of money because when it came it was there but when it went away it went away,” he added. “That’s how a lot of kids think”

Hart’s second children’s book, “Marcus Makes It Big,” will be available to students at the school. Hart hopes her books, her presence and her story will inspire change at the youngest level.

“If we can equip this generation with the important tools to understand just why saving matters, why banking matters, why having a plan matters,” Hart said.

Book Trust is an early literacy non-profit organization aimed at increasing children’s literacy. JP Morgan Chase and Hart have donated a total of $150,000 to improve access to literacy for children in the Philadelphia School District.

Geraldine L. Melton