Kinecta Federal Credit Union to empower African-American male students at the Defying the Odds Black History educational experience

Manhattan Beach Police Chief Derrick Abell to address students in keynote speech

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA (February 24, 2020)WHAT:   Manhattan Beach Police Chief Derrick Abell will provide a keynote address to approximately 60 African-American male students from Centinela Valley Union High School District, Mira Costa High School and Compton Unified School District at the Kinecta Federal Credit Union Defying The Odds Black History event. Participants will have access to a panel discussion composed of African-American professionals who will share stories about overcoming adversity to achieve professional success.

Topics will include job etiquette, how to deal with law enforcement, financial preparation for college, goal setting and resiliency. The students will also participate in discussion tables to have an open dialogue with the professionals and share their own stories and goals.

WHY:   The 2nd annual event will address the unique challenges that African-American boys face while transitioning from high school to college or into full-time employment.  As part of its commitment to the advancement and strengthening of the communities it serves, Kinecta Federal Credit Union will host the Defying the Odds Black History event to shed light on the history of the struggles and successes of African-Americans while helping to equip young men with the necessary tools and contacts to define their own path of success.


  • 60 participant students receiving information
  • Derrick Abell, the first African-American police chief in Manhattan Beach as well as the first among the adjacent beach cities
  • African-American male community leaders
  • Latrice McGlothin, Community Engagement Officer at Kinecta Federal Credit Union

WHEN:   Thursday, February 27 10:00am – 2:00pm

WHERE:   Kinecta Federal Credit Union Operations Center
2100 Park Place
El Segundo, CA 90245

About Kinecta Federal Credit Union

Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California, Kinecta Federal Credit Union is one of the country's largest credit unions, with assets of $6.7 billion and more than 270,000 members from coast to coast. Banking the Southern California area for more than 80 years, with additional branches in New YorkNew JerseyNorthern California and Florida, Kinecta offers its members a full range of financial products from banking, lending and insurance to wealth management services. Kinecta has been recognized by the Mortgage Bankers Association as a recipient of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Residential Leadership Award, and received the Best of Show award granted by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Technology Council. Residents of Rochester, NY, voted Kinecta as a finalist for Best Credit Union in the Democrat & Chronicle's annual Rochester Choice Awards in 2022. Forbes awarded Kinecta as a top-ranked credit union in California on its America's Best Credit Unions in Each State 2022 List. Kinecta has 30 locations, and its members can use a network of more than 5,800 shared branches and access over 85,000 fee-free ATMs nationwide. For more information on Kinecta, visit the website and LinkedIn.


Ryann Checchi
Interdependence PR

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