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Educator Turned Hip-Hop Artist, Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Bring Award-Winning College Planning Tour to Chicago


800 Youth Connection Charter Schools Students Will Learn About Financial Literacy and College Readiness on Tuesday, Nov. 19

National hip-hop recording artist and former middle-school teacher, Dee-1, and Sallie Mae, will bring the Bridging the Dream Tour Starring Dee-1 to the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago on Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. Dee-1 and Sallie Mae will educate more than 800 high school students about the importance of financial literacy, going to college, and completing their degree.

A graduate of Louisiana State University and former middle school teacher, Dee-1 is uniquely positioned to inspire and motivate today’s youth with his story and message of financial responsibility. His partnership with Sallie Mae began when he released a viral hit song about paying off his student loans, titled “Sallie Mae Back.”



800 students from Youth Connection Charter Schools
Dee-1, hip-hop artist and motivational speaker
Sallie Mae leadership and employees 




Dee-1 and Sallie Mae will host 800 Youth Connection Charter Schools students at the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago. Dee-1 will educate students about the importance of planning for college and financial literacy, and perform his hit song, “Sallie Mae Back.” Two $500 scholarships will be awarded at the event. 






Tuesday, Nov. 19
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Harold Washington Cultural Center
4701 S. Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, Ill., 60615
Media Contact: Chris Morrison, 302.635.4736
Media encouraged to arrive at 30 minutes prior to the session.  

Follow the Bridging the Dream Tour Starring Dee-1 and join the conversation on social media by using #BridgingTheDream and following @SallieMae and @Dee1music on Instagram.

For more information about saving, planning, and paying for college, including Sallie Mae’s free Scholarship Search tool, visit Sallie Mae.com.

Sallie Mae (SLM) believes education and life-long learning, in all forms, help people achieve great things. As the leader in private student lending, we provide financing and know-how to help make college happen and offer products and resources to help customers make new goals and experiences, beyond college, possible. Learn more at SallieMae.com. Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the United States of America.

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