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St. Lawrence College students lead financial literacy “glamping” experience


As part of the St Lawrence College’s Community-Based Learning Initiative, Enactus SLC students are teaming up with Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington to run their popular Manage Your Money financial literacy program to youth in foster care on October 14 and 15 at the Kingston KOA campground.

At the weekend “glamping” event, participants will simulate real situations, including having jobs, paying rent, and other expenses. SLC students will also run breakout sessions on subjects such as wants vs. needs, setting goals, and planning for the future. Industry professionals will cover a range of important financial literacy topics, including credit, dining on a budget, saving and investing, and fraud and risk.

As part of Ministry of Children and Youth Standards, Children’s Aid Societies are now required to provide youth opportunities to attend programs to build financial competency.  Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington has  partnered with St. Lawrence College since 2011 to bring a financial literacy course to youth on the SLC campus, but this year and the program is packaged as an interactive, financial literacy weekend glamping experience.

The financial literacy program encompasses a variety of topics, from establishing personal values and learning styles, understanding concepts of budgeting, banking and financial matters, to creating effective financial plans. 

“Working from a strong financial foundation can alleviate stressors in the long run, whether it is planning and paying for post-secondary, moving out on your own, or saving for your first car,” said second-year Business Accounting student and Manage Your Money lead Chad Herman. “With the right supports in place and the knowledge behind you, it’s possible to make and achieve all your financial goals.”

About the SLC Community-Based Learning Initiative

St. Lawrence College’s Community-Based Learning Initiative engages students in translating their classroom learning into community-based projects. Enactus SLC is a student-run group that works to identify needs in the community and provides solutions for social, economic and environmental issues.

About Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington

Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is a 123 year old Children’s Aid Society that protects children from abuse and neglect.