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Kingston high school and college students become teachers on financial literacy

2017-11-07

St. Lawrence College (SLC) and Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute (KCVI) students developed, and will deliver, the first Kingston Youth Financial Literacy Symposium as part of Financial Literacy Month this November. 

Approximately 200 grades seven and eight students will take part in the symposium on November 9 from 10 am to 2 pm. The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area is hosting the event.

The Enactus SLC & DECA KCVI students will be working with the Kingston chapter of Advocis, a professional group for financial planners and advisors, as well as other industry professionals to deliver the program.

Activities will include interactive lessons on credit and debt; budgeting; dining on a budget; wants vs. needs; technological resources; setting goals; and saving and investing. Student volunteers will lead the workshops, with the support of a professional from the Kingston Financial Literacy Partnership.

“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 accounting student and project 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.”

“We are very excited the community came together to share their expertise,” said Scot Gillam, Supervising Principal of Safe and Caring Schools and Program, Limestone District School Board. “Their expertise is providing students with necessary skills to make financially-responsible decisions—decisions that are integral to our everyday lives.”

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. Find out more at www.enactusslc.ca

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For media information:

Dan Hendry
Manager, Community Based Learning & Innovation, St. Lawrence College
613-328-5347
dhendry@sl.on.ca