3rd Annual High School Symposium
The Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach is pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual High School Symposium on Financial Literacy and College Success will be taking place on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16. Last year, nearly 300 high school students from across Western Pennsylvania participated in the Real Money Experience program. During these events, students have the opportunity to choose a career path and get to make decisions at 10 different stations that simulate "real-life." Throughout the experience, students participating in these events will gain a better understanding of the education and skills needed to pursue the career that they choose.
Students will make a choices on housing, transportation and clothing options that will need to fit within the budget for their desired career choice. They will also have the opportunity to learn how to handle extra expenses that may arise based upon the decisions that they make. These extra costs range from the cost of insurance premiums and utilities to weekly dry cleaning bills. Credit, investing and healthcare are also discussed throughout the event.
"Today's students often lack basic money management skills. It's imperative that we continue to teach financial literacy to reduce the cycle of debt and financial hardship that many face," posits Erica Jackson, CFCO director. "Hands-on programs such as these simulate real-world choices and students quickly become aware of the ongoing expenses associated with their decisions."
This year, the Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach will once again be offering an educator training session for educators and representatives from non-profit organizations in the community.
Registration for this event is limited and will open Monday, March 4. If you or your students missed the event this year, mark your calendars because this is an event that you won't want to miss!
Photos and Video from Events
2012 High School Symposium Photos here
2012 High School Symposium Video
2011 High School Symposium Documentary
Check out the Video Below for WICU 12 News Coverage on the Symposium
Testimonials from Symposium Participants
"I thought it was a great event. The students I observed were very engaged with the volunteers at the various stations. I noticed them asking good questions and saw a few with "ah ha!" expressions on their faces. While I could not stay for the entire training, the info Vince presented for the educators was excellent. I kept a copy of the instruction guide to review further. I like his approach of incorporating financial literacy into the existing curriculum and across subjects. All of our schools need to be doing this."
- Mike Jaruszewicz
"It was a privilege and a pleasure to participate in your program for High School students held at Behrend College on 5-18-11. As you may recall, I'm a retired business man and an adjunct professor at Gannon University. My comments to the students focused on the difference they can expect between their High School academics and what they are likely to experience on a typical college campus. They seemed very attentive and appreciative. I'm sure your program will be of significant help to these young people and I encourage you to keep and use this program as often as possible. Thanks again for the opportunity to have participate in the program."
- Andrew C. Martin, M.Ed. (Environmental Sciences)
"Having the opportunity to volunteer, as a “trusted advisor” at the Penn State Behrend High School Symposium for financial literacy and college success was an extremely rewarding opportunity. To many times young adults do not have the insight or educational tools to make the right financial or educational decision early in life.
Due to the efforts of Penn State Behrend, creating a symposium for various high schools in the area to attend, many young students had an education experience that opened their eyes to the resources available and an understanding of the proper decision to make when it comes to finances (financial decision and educational opportunities).
The choices to have a DJ present to created a music environment the kids could identify with, made this educational experience that much more entertaining and memorable.
Kudos to the college for such a creative and thoughtful effort to help the younger generation of today get a better jump-start in life. A big thanks for allowing our Agency, in conjunction with Erie Insurance, to be part of this process as a “trusted advisor”!"