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St. Lawrence College students to present at national financial conference

2014-10-29, 9:42 AM

A team of three St. Lawrence College Business students will be taking real-world learning to a whole new level as they prepare to present their financial literacy program to some of the top financial minds in Canada at the 2014 National Financial Literacy conference in Vancouver, BC, November 6 -7. The goal of the conference is to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians through the National Strategy for Financial Literacy.

Students Kate Armstrong, Nicolus Blunt, and Emilie McIntosh will present the dynamic and proven financial education program called Manage Your Money (MY$), created by the Encactus SLC team, which has been delivered to Youth in Care (Crown Wards) from the Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington in Kingston, Ontario.

The team will present their experiences, and impressive results, at the conference with the theme Strengthening Financial Literacy Through Collaboration. The Food Cents project, with Recipes for an Empty Wallet, will also be presented as a tool to support both financial and food literacy. Enactus SLC will be the only student-lead initiative attending and presenting at this prestigious conference.

The MY$ program helps local youth learn the skills they need to take control of their finances as they enter adulthood. The sessions run for five weeks and teach participants everything from learning how to create SMART goals to the cost of living and cost of living adjustment, income taxes, budgeting, and more. Since its inception, 115 students have graduated from the MY$ program.

The Manage Your Money project is scale-able and it the teams goal to share their resources and best practice for the betterment of all Canadians, according to the team’s faculty advisor, Pam Bovey-Armstrong. “I contacted Jane Ronney, the financial literacy leader of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada to tell her about the Enactus SLC team and the MY$ program. Upon review of the team’s impressive project and resources (books, videos, and facilitation guide), the team was invited to provide a 20 minute presentation followed by a 10 minute Q&A.” she said.

“The programs offered by the Enactus SLC team not only provide a great value to our community but they give the team members skills and experiences that are in high demand by employers,” said John Conrad, Associate Dean, School of Business at St. Lawrence College. “The team members learn how to identify problems and implement creative solutions to solve complex problems. Their projects focus on reducing poverty through financial and food literacy and they are great examples of implementing creative solutions for complex problems.”


About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 7,000 full-time students, and more than 80,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through our Employment Service offices we work with thousands of clients annually.