Erie, PA (PRWEB) April 22, 2012
The National Financial Educators Council and the Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach have set their sights on empowering youth with a hands-on money management program– the Real Money Experience. The annual High School Symposium event takes place on May 16-17, 2012, and serves youth from nonprofit organizations and schools throughout Pennsylvania.
The High School Symposium is estimated to serve 500 participants. Students will participate in a hands-on money management program called the Real Money Experience (RMX). This workshop features twelve ‘skill booths’ where students practice in a safe and secure environment making important decisions they’ll face when they move out on their own. The RMX event will entertain students as they receive a practical financial education. The event features a live DJ, games and giveaways to ensure students are having a good time.
As students participate in the Real Money Experience money management program, volunteers and educators will take part in a variety of education programs designed to empower youth with a variety of life skills. “We are committed to sharing the latest life-skill education with those who work with the youth across Pennsylvania,” stated Erica Jackson, director of the Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach.
Each of the school and nonprofit organizations participating in the program will receive the NFEC’s Financial EduNation financial literacy resource center, which includes tools for parents, youth, educators, and the community. This includes over 30 tools designed to improve the financial capabilities of youth and those that serve their development. This includes the Money XLive virtual learning center which features exclusive videos from top celebrities and sport stars.
The Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach (CFCO) is an outreach arm of the Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The CFCO’s primary purpose is to deliver educational outreach programming focused on personal finance skills to students in middle school through college and beyond. Their efforts have reached more than 25,000 individuals with materials that teach how to earn a living, achieve self-sufficiency, and improve quality of life.
The NFEC developed the Real Money Experience Event and Financial EduNation campaign to foster positive personal financial education habits among youth. The NFEC is a social enterprise organization that is donating material to organizations across the state of Pennsylvania. Their mission is to empower people of all ages, socioeconomic background and geographic location with the knowledge necessary to make financial decisions that can improve their lives and the lives of those they love.