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Financial Friday

7 Easy Hacks to Help you Save More Money Every Day – Daily Gut

Happy New Year!

The best way to start the new year is with new financial goals. What financial goal did you set last year that you didn’t achieve? It’s time to reshape that goal and make a plan to achieve it this year! William A. Ward said, “Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.” Take this quote and start the new year off strong!

Visit our STG Youtube page to watch our conference workshops and future STG Podcasts. We plan on uploading tons of content related to saving, investing, and budgeting. We have already posted one of the panel discussions from the 15th Annual Surviving the Game Conference; Sharpening your skills! Click the link below for more information.

Below are some saving/spending challenges to help you start the year off by managing your income. We challenge you to commit to one of these things listed and watch the difference it makes in your life. Good Luck and Happy New Year!

Money saving challenges:

  • The 100 Envelope Challenge Is a Fun “Hack” to Save Money
    • Number 100 envelopes $1-$100 .
    • Pull an envelope every day and place the amount of money in the envelope.
    • Set that off to the side and by the time you’ve pulled all the envelopes you will have saved $5,050! 
  • NO eating out and stick to buying groceries!
  • Treat yourself once a month instead of once a week! 

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Blessings for 2021

Here’s wishing all of our STG participants a great year to come with many blessings, health and financial growth! We appreciate you and believe 2021 will be a year of blessings, goals reached and prosperity! 2020 will go down in history as the year of the pandemic. We pray that you and your loved ones are safe and practicing CDC safety measures. We look forward to seeing you all this year and sharing more positive ways to create wealth.

Here’s a brief one minute video from STG Founder Dr. Tina Marie Jackson who was recently name the 2020 Higher Education Mentor of the Year by Women of Visionary Influence (WOVI). Get ready for your blessings today, 2021 will be great!

2020 STG Scholarship Winners

Hazaelee Sellers, 2020 STG Scholar

Natividad Herrera, 2020 STG Scholar

In November 2020 our STG Scholarship Committee selected a recipient for the STG “Guns Down Books Up Scholarship” in honor of Ms. Birdell Beeks and STG “Dream Driver” Scholarship in honor of Community Leader Natalie Johnson Lee Winners. We selected two incredible ladies who have shown their dedication to their education and commitment to making their mark and creating change.

Our first winner is Hazaelee Sellers, Hazaelee is a Civil Engineering and Psychology Major at George Brown College. Right now, she is interning with a minority-owned construction business, serving as their project manager’s assistant. After receiving both of her degrees, Hazaelee would like to secure a job as a project manager and begin her future. After gaining years of experience as a project engineer in a construction company, she would like to work in a water treatment center to design equipment to purify and reuse gray water. In the future, Hazaelee hopes to supervise a team of younger engineers to capture, test, and design pathways to delivering clean water to different communities. Hazaelee would like to take her skills abroad and build wells and water tunnels in third-world countries that lack clean water. She would also like to lead a waterworks project that allows young engineers to travel and design wells in different countries, creating opportunities for mission trips and international education. With Hazaelee’s adventurous dreams, she is destined to go far with her future. Congratulations, Hazaelee, and continue to be an extravagant young woman. To learn more about our STG Scholarships please visit:

Our second winner is Natividad Herrera, Natividad is a Social Work Major at St.Catherine University. Her goal is to become a Macro Social Worker, impacting both community connection and political action. Natividad wants to work within large communities to advocate for permanent change for future generations by forming allyships with marginalized groups. She is unsure of what specific organizations she’d like to serve yet, but assisting groups in reaching their goals are her main goal. Natividad’s passion is to end the need for social workers like myself. She wants to ensure that clients will have all the resources they need, and if they need any additional help, they will be able to contact professionals like herself. Natividad wants to be part of a change much larger than herself. Congratulations Natividad, we know you are destined for great things. To learn more about our STG Scholarships please visit:

15th Annual STG Seminar

On September 12th, 2020, we concluded the 15th Annual Surviving the Game Virtual Seminar. Thank you to everyone who presented and participated. This was the first year STG was virtual and we had an amazing turn out and a great time.

In honor of 15 years of service STG decided to hold an STG essay contest! The students were told to write an essay about what they learned from the conference and how they would apply those tools to their life. They wrote about finishing strong, expanding their personal brands, and thinking about they are going to do rather than what they could’ve done. We selected 3 winners; in 1st place Ms. Bobbie Oramalu from Texas; 2nd place Mr. Christian Huble from Minnesota and 3rd place Ms. Lela McGregor from Minnesota, Congratulations to all the winners!

Surviving the Game has always advocated for students continuing their education. On the STG Website the 2020 STG Dream Drivers Scholarship and 2020 STAR Guns Down Books Up Scholarship applications are now open! Current college students seeking two year and four year degrees, be sure to apply by October 1st.

Surviving the game will also be launching a STG Racial Justice Leadership Institute Winter 2020. For more information, follow us on our social media and if you have any questions pertaining email us directly or visit our website at 

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STG Celebrates Small Business Owners Month

In honor of Small Business Month, STG would like to highlight the work of “Sistar Girl Talk Group” which is a group of entrepreneurs from Desmoines, Iowa who successfully launched a Sista Soul Fest in in August 2020. Currently, they are planning another community event that will take place on October11th, 2020. To register as a vendor at the Soul Fest event click the link Soul Fest To contact these fabulous business owners contact Hazel Grace  Photography on instagram at or email her at; contact Tranzitions Wellness on instagram at @tranzitionswellness or email; contact Aje Noire Creations on instagram @aje.noire.creations or email; contact Shy Intimate Apparel at instagram @shyintimate or visit the website at Reach out to the Sistar Girl Talk Group event planners via email at We look forward to seeing these small business owners prosper for years to come.