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Student financial literacy program recommended for national strategy for youth

2014-11-19

St. Lawrence College Enactus team received a standing ovation from the country’s top financial minds at the National Conference on Financial Literacy held in Vancouver, November 6-7, 2014.

More than accolades, their project is now part of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada's Financial Literacy Database, as well the Manage Your Money and Food Cents projects were recommended as best practice to the steering committee on the Financial Literacy National Strategy for youth.

The team is now following up with agencies who expressed interest in adopting the programs, according to faculty coach, Pam Bovey Armstrong. “Emilie, Nick and Kate were able to identify that the two projects (Manage Your Money and Food Cents), while impactful individually, work better together. Proper ‘financial literacy’ is so much more than just teaching budgeting, banking, borrowing, etc; it encompasses behaviour, confidence, knowledge, security and real world application.”

The beauty of merging these two programs allow students to learn background and theoretical knowledge with Manage Your Money, then apply it with food literacy concepts outlined in Food Cents, according to Kate Armstrong, co-lead of Manage Your Money and one of the presenting students. “Full Food Cents seminars will now be incorporated in the Manage Your Money program. These programs will help students live financially independent and stable lives," she said.

"This was experiential learning at its finest, and we leave Vancouver thankful for the opportunity with a plan to continue to do our best to further Financial and Food literacy in Canada," said Pam Bovey Armstrong.

 Photo for National youth Strategy for youth release Nov 2014

(left to right: Pam Bovey Armstrong, John Stapleton (OpenPolicy), Nick Blunt, Jane Rooney (Canada's Financial Leader), Kate Armstrong, Emilie MacIntosh, Ricardo Giuliani)

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